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(Pelargonium triste)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Pelargonium triste
Geraniaceae

An essential oil is obtained from the plant.

  • Medicinal Use

    All parts of the plant are astringent[4].

  • Edible Use

    Root[4, 177]. This species has tuberous roots that can be cooked like potatoes[238]. Extractable[105] – we assume this means that a starch can be extracted from it[K].

  • 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. Division. The plant spreads by means of its tuberous roots[260] – young suckers can be potted up at any time of the year and grown on in pots in a greenhouse until established.
Requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[188, 200]. Easily grown in a sandy soil, the plant needs to be kept dry in the summer but moist in the winter and spring[260]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about 0¡c[260]. They generally require greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors when grown in a very sheltered warm spot in the mildest parts of the country[1]. 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]. The flowers, especially at night, have a deliciously sweet fragrance[245]. The bruised leaves emit a resinous scent[245]. 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].
S. Africa.

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