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Care of the plant Pelargonium exstipulatum or Sweet-scented pelargonium.

Care of the plant Pelargonium exstipulatum or Sweet-scented pelargonium

The genus Pelargonium, family Geraniaceae, comprises 200 species of herbaceous plants, succulents and shrubs native to southern Africa. Some species are: Pelargonium exstipulatum, Pelargonium cucullatum, Pelargonium crispum, Pelargonium radens, Pelargonium peltatum, Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium zonale, Pelargonium grandiflorum, Pelargonium tetragonum, Pelargonium quercifolium, Pelargonium capitatum, Pelargonium odoratissimum.

Common names: Sweet-scented pelargonium, Soft-leaved trifid pelargonium, Scented penny-royal. This species is native to Cape coast, South Africa.

They are evergreen subshrubs of compact bearing that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. The interesting foliage is made up of lobed, wavy, scented, gray-green leaves. The flowers are smaller than in other species but contrast with the leaves and are pink with purple or red markings. They bloom from late winter to late summer.

They are used in rockeries, on dry slopes, in pots and planters, in xero-gardening and borders.

Pelargonium exstipulatum prefers direct sun exposure and warm climates. In winter it's better that the temperature is not lower than 5 ºC (41 ºF).

They grow in sandy, stony or rocky soils; good drainage is essential.

Their resistance to drought is high so they will only be watered when the soil has completely dried out.

Fertilizer is not necessary.

Prune off wilted flower stems.

They are plants resistant to pests but sensitive to fungal attack if there is excess watering.

In spring they can be propagated from seeds and throughout the year by cuttings.

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Pelargonium exstipulatum
Pelargonium exstipulatum