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Protea aristata

Protea aristata, flowerhead.
Common names: Ladismith sugarbush (Eng.); klein-den-suikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea aristata would surely be among the five best-known South African proteas, even though it had a rather late documented discovery in the 1920s. It...

25 / 01 / 2016 | Megan Blatchford | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium echinatum

Pelargonium echinatum
Common names: prickly-stemmed pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium echinatum is one of the most beautiful winter flowering pelargoniums. It is a stocky, compact, succulent perennial shrublet with spines...

26 / 07 / 2004 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Pelargonium alchemilloides

Pelargonium alchemilloides
Common names: lady’s mantle-leaved pelargonium, pink trailing pelargonium (Eng.); wildemalva, rankmalva (Afr.); inkubele (Xhosa); amanzemnyama, ishwaga, umangqeng
Family: Geraniaceae

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02 / 10 / 2017 | Shireen Harris | Karoo Desert NBG
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Pelargonium elegans

Growing in a pot
Common names: elegant pelargonium, stork's-bill (Eng.); malva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium elegans is one of several tufted pelargoniums that are suitable for outdoor pots....

26 / 02 / 2007 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium sericifolium

Pelargonium sericifolium
Common names: silky pelargonium (Eng.); naaldekoker (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

This very rewarding stunner has all you will ever need. For starters it requires low maintenance and its silky leaves provide interest throughout the year....

09 / 10 / 2017 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium fruticosum

Pelargonium fruticosum flowers and foliage
Common names: None known
Family: Geraniaceae

This profusely flowering shrublet will be any gardener's delight in spring....

04 / 10 / 2010 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium fulgidum

Pelargonium fulgidum flower
Common names: celandine-leaved pelargonium (Eng.); rooi malva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

With its silvery, silky foliage and bright red flowers, Pelargonium fulgidum is an interesting and beautiful subject for coastal and water-wise gardens...

25 / 05 / 2009 | Karen Wall | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium glutinosum

Pelargonium glutinosum flowers
Common names: balm-scented pelargonium, sticky-leaf pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This showy Pelargonium with its dark pink flowers and dark green leaves will bring delight to a garden wanting striking contrast....

22 / 09 / 2008 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea mundii

Protea mundii, flowerhead
Common names: forest sugarbush, white protea (Eng.); witsuikerbos, boswitsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Although not as eye-catching as the glorious king protea (Protea cynaroides), Protea mundii has a pronounced and unusual charm to it that will add value...

08 / 02 / 2016 | Megan Blatchford | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium grandiflorum

Pelargonium grandiflorum flowers
Common names: Large flowered pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

One cannot but stop and admire the beautiful large flowers of this pelargonium....

21 / 03 / 2011 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium graveolens

Pelargonium graveleons
Common names: Rose-scented pelargonium, wildemalva
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium graveolens with its attractive, strongly rose-scented leaves and pinkish white flowers is an interesting addition to the mixed border, adding...

23 / 12 / 2002 | Ebrahim Lawrence | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium grossularioides

Close up of flowers
Common names: gooseberry-leaved pelargonium ( Eng. ); rooirabas, rooirabassam, rooistingelhoutbas (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

If you delight in tiny flowers then the gooseberry-leaved pelargonium is a plant you will enjoy!...

11 / 04 / 2005 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Pelargonium hermanniifolium

Common names: none recorded
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium hermanniifolium is a very attractive Pelargonium with large flowers....

21 / 05 / 2012 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium salmoneum

Pelargonium salmoneum
Common names: salmon pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

This amazing succulent, garden plant, sizzles from a sunny corner for most of the year with its salmon-pink flowers cheering up borders, pots, tubs, rockeries,...

30 / 10 / 2017 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium inquinans

Flower head
Common names: scarlet pelargonium ( Eng. ); wildemalva (Afr.), ibhosisi (Xho.)
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium inquinans with its striking flowers will bring colour to your garden throughout the year....

20 / 08 / 2007 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium ionidiflorum

Image of flowers
Common names: violet-flower pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium ionidiflorum provides beautiful violet pink flowers all year round in the garden....

16 / 06 / 2008 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium lanceolatum

Pelargonium lanceolatum
Common names: spear-leaved pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium lanceolatum is an excellent plant for a small rockery garden....

21 / 06 / 2010 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium magenteum

Pelargonium magenteum in habitat
Common names: magenta-flowered pelargonium
Family: Geraniaceae

With its stunning dispay of usually magenta/pink flowers in spring, Pelargonium magenteum is ideal for the water-wise garden....

16 / 07 / 2007 | Roger Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Pelargonium odoratissimum

Plant in flower
Common names: sweet-scented pelargonium, peppermint pelargonium, apple-scented or apple-rose-scented geranium
Family: Geraniaceae

This is a lovely fragrant pelargonium suited to any scented garden....

25 / 06 / 2012 | Trevor Adams | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium setulosum

Pelargonium setulosum flower, with peculiar, basal nectar spots on the two upper petals (Jeff Shapiro, iSpot)
Common names: bristle-leaf pelargonium, bristle-leaf stork’s-bill (Eng.); malva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

A beautiful tufted pelargonium from the Western Cape Province, not well known in cultivation but it makes an attractive potplant and is well-suited to...

07 / 03 / 2016 | Marianne le Roux | National Herbarium Pretoria
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