Pelargonium cordifolium has to be one of the most exotic looking pelargoniums. Although the flowers are only about 3/4" (or 2cm), they are most unusual with the two pink larger upper petal attractively curved back slightly and with the usual darker feathered markings. The three lower petals are paler in colour and are much thinner. The leaves are an attractive grey/green and heart shaped, which is what gives Pelargonium cordifolium its name - heart-leaved pelargonium.
Found growing mainly near the coast of South Africa, P. cordifolium was introduced into the UK by Frederick Masson in 1774.
Described as being spreading and branched, I find P. cordifolium tends to grow straight upwards without much branching and so needs frequent pinching to get a bushy shape. It grows naturally in moist areas, so does need watering more often. Easy to strike from cuttings.
Flowers in the garden this week:-
|Physocarpus opulifolius "Dart's Gold"