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Pelargonium quercifolium     

Family: Geraniaceae

Plant Characteristics

Zone: 10 - 11    Zone Maps
Native Range: South Africa
Habitat: Damp places in the hills of southern Cape Province. Grows in Fynbos on mountain slopes and along the sides of roads.
Plant Type: Shrub
Height: 1 - 3 feet   (1.5 meters)
Spread: 1 - 2 feet   (1 meters)
Sun: Sun
Water: Medium moisture
Soil: Sandy to Loam - needs well drained soil
Soil pH: Acid to Alkaline
Maintenance: Medium
Growth Rate: Fast
Blooming Season: May - Jul
Flower Color: Pink
Foliage Color: Green

  Commom Names
   English - Almond Geranium
   English - Oak Leaved Geranium
   English - Village Oak Geranium
Flowers: Foliage:
Has showy flowers
Colorful foliage
Fragrant foliage
Description:
The bruised leaves release a warm pungent aroma rather like incense.

Cultivation:
Requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny location. Plants are tolerant of some shade. In order to maintain their native habit, plants require fairly dry conditions in a very sunny position. Plants are not very cold hardy; they generally require greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors when grown in a very sheltered warm spot in mild climates. They can also be grown in containers that are placed outdoors in the summer and then brought into the greenhouse or indoors for the winter. The plants need to be kept fairly dry in the winter. Very tolerant of pruning, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn when bringing them back indoors, or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth. A number of named varieties have been selected for their ornamental and/or culinary value.

Propagation:
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 55°F (13°c), germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter.

Cuttings - succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter.

Pests and Disease:
Poorly drained soils inevitably lead to stem and root rots. Watch for whiteflies and aphids, particularly on indoor plants.

Scented Parts:
Leaves: The bruised leaves release a warm pungent aroma rather like incense. The dried leaves are added to pot-pourri..

Fragrant Uses: Potpourri,

Uses

Landscape Uses:
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Can be grown as an annual in areas where it is not winter hardy. Foliage and flowers are not as ornamental as other geranium groups such as zonal geraniums or ivy leaved geraniums. Scented geraniums are perhaps best grown in areas where the foliage can be easily brushed or touched, such as in containers (e.g., patios or decks), hanging baskets, window boxes, edgings along paths or walks or houseplants. Also very effective grouped or massed in herb gardens. May be trained as standards.

Companion Plants:
| Repellent |

Method Companions Incompatible Pest Repelled Notes
Dried       Used in insect-repellent sachets.

Therapeutic Uses:
| Aromatic| Astringent| Stimulant |

Uses: An aromatic, stimulant herb, it has a resinous scent. All parts of the plant are astringent. The plant is taken internally in the treatment of rheumatism, hypertension and heart disease. The plant can be harvested at any time and is used fresh in infusions.


Oil Uses:
| Essential |

An essential oil is obtained from the plant, a ladanum fragrance.

Resources

General Plant Resources
Huxley. A. (1992). The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press
Genders. R. (1994). Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London.

Landscaping Resources

Scented Plant Resources
Bown. D. (1995). Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London.

Companion Plant Resources
Bown. D. (1995). Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London.

Therapeutic Resources
Grieve. (1984). A Modern Herbal. Penguin
Bown. D. (1995). Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London.

Oil Resources
Uphof. J. C. Th. (1959). Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim

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