Ivy-Leaved Geranium (Pelargonium peltatum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Ivy-Leaved Geranium
Pelargonium peltatum
Geraniaceae

A blue indigo dye is obtained from the flower petals. It is used in painting.

An essential oil is obtained from the plant.

  • Medicinal Use

    All parts of the plant are astringent[4].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and buds – raw or cooked. An acid flavour[2], they are used as a vegetable[105, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 13¡c, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter. Cuttings succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter.
Requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[188, 200]. Not very hardy in Britain, it generally requires greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors in the mildest parts of the country[1], especially if grown against a sunny wall and given some protection in the winter[219]. They can also be grown in containers that are placed outdoors in the summer and then brought into the greenhouse or conservatory for the winter[238]. The plants need to be kept fairly dry in the winter[200]. Very tolerant of pruning, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn when bringing them back indoors, or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth[238]. There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[188].
S. Africa – Cape Province to East London.

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