Pelargonium peltatum

Pelargonium peltatum
Pelargonium peltatum

Common names: ivy-leaved pelargonium (English). 
Botanical name: Pelargonium peltatum

The ivy-leaved pelargonium, Pelargonium peltatum, is a beautiful and versatile garden plant that can climb, trail, or cover the ground. It has semi-succulent stems, ivy-shaped leaves, and clusters of flowers in various shades of pink, mauve, or white. It attracts butterflies and bees, and has sour-tasting sap that is traditionally used to treat sore throats, wounds, burns, and greasy skin. The young leaves and buds are edible and it is used to produce a grey-blue dye. It is easy to grow from cuttings or seeds, and can tolerate sun or shade. It is native to the coastal and succulent scrub of South Africa.

Uses & Benefits: dye, medicine, pot plant

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Family: Geraniaceae
Type: creeper, ground cover, scrambler, succulent
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