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Pelargonium sidoides



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11th August 2008


A widespread species from the eastern Cape region. The thickened roots allow it to survive drought and grass fires. There are a couple of variants in cultivation, this is the one known as 'Form 2', which has purple flowers rather than the almost black flowered form that is currently rather notorious.
Copes with snow in habitat, so it might be reasonably hardy - it survives here in a cold greenhouse.

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This is the form that is becoming popular in cultivation, probably because of the large bright flowers. I have seen it planted outside, I haven't yet seen it thriving.