Pelargonium echinatum Curtis

Prickly-stemmed Pelargonium


Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Pelargonium

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: Hardy to 25 F

Size: To 3' tall

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Stalk green, surface smooth and somewhat glossy, fleshy, beset with spines which bend back and terminate in brownish somewhat weak points… the leaves stand on long footstalks, are somewhat heart-shaped, mostly roundish, divided into three or five lobes, veiny, soft, and downy, especially on the under side, which is of a much lighter colour than the upper… each of which (branches) has a leaf at its base, similar to the other leaves of the plant, but smaller, and terminates in an umbel of seven or eight flowers ;… the three lowermost petals are pure white, with a little gibbosity at the bafe of each, the two uppermost are marked each with three irregular spots, of a rich purple colour, inclining to carmine, the two lowermost spots narrowest and of the deepest colour… (Bot. Mag.)

Flowers in winter, summer deciduous.

History: 

Published in Bot. Mag. 9: 309 in 1795.

Synonyms Geranium echinatum Thunb., Geranium echinatum var. flore rubro-purpureo Andrews published in Bot. Repos. 3: 158 in 1801.

Introduced to Kew in 1793.

Native to South Africa.

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