Kalwerbossie geranium Pelargonium sidoides 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kalwerbossie geranium (Pelargonium sidoides) pel-ar-GO-nee-um sid-OY-deez 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 Related Plants to Pelargonium sidoides 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Euphorbia rigida 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Germander sage Salvia chamaedryoides 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Salvia microphylla var. neurepia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Euphorbia 'Helena’s Blush™' View the discussion thread.