Pelargonium cordifolium (heart-leaved pelargonium)
Pelargonium cordifolium, photographed in South Africa (Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy)
Pelargonium cordifolium Curtis
heart-leaved pelargonium, heart-leaved geranium
Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Moist, sandy spots in fynbos, forests and forest margins.
Pelargoniums can cause mild skin dermatitis.
About this species
William Curtis described Pelargonium cordifolium in 1792, as ‘another Geranium of modern introduction, not enumerated by Linnaeus or Miller, and which in point of beauty, duration of flowering, and facility of culture, is equal to most’. It was introduced to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from the Cape, by Francis Masson in 1774.
Curtis was right to draw attention to the length of the flowering season, for even in a British conservatory this plant is often in flower for many months, from around March to July.