Kalwerbossie geranium

Pelargonium sidoides

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Kalwerbossie geranium (Pelargonium sidoides)
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Genus:  Pelargonium
This exemplary species has felted, gray, crinkled leaves. Over a long period, it exhibits sprays of butterfly-shaped, rich wine-red flowers, which contrast dramatically with the foliage. Its small stature makes it a perfect candidate for a container or a walkway edge. It has been used medicinally for the treatment of various infections, including bronchitis. It is a native of Africa.
Care:  Deadhead spent flowers consistently. Outdoors, grow in neutral to alkaline well-drained soil and preferably full sun. In hot climates, provide midday shade; in cold climates, overwinter indoors and trim back by one-third and repot when growth resumes. Indoors, provide with light soil mix, good light and ventilation, and midday shade. Fertilize every two weeks during growth and water sparingly in winter.
Propagation:  Root softwood cuttings in spring, late summer or early fall; sow seed from late winter to early spring at 70°F.
Problems:  Spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, caterpillars, mildew, gray mold, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, edema.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Indoor Plant,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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