Black Pelargonium – Pelargonium sidoides
no known safety concerns
Common names: black pelargonium, umckaloabo (English); ikubalo, iyeza lesikhali (Xhosa); kalwerbossie, rabassam (Afrikaans).
Botanical name: Pelargonium sidoides
Widely distributed in eastern parts of the country. Dark maroon to black flowers and a large red-fleshed tuber rich in tannins, giving the astringent effect.
Uses & Benefits
Traditionally root boiled in milk for extended period. As decoction for sore throats, congestion; digestive upsets – diarrhoea, dysentery, and to support recovery from protracted dysentery. German medicine umckaloabo for bronchitis.