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Carpet Geranium

Geranium incanum

Also known as

South African Cranes' Bill, Horlosies, Vrouetee, Vrouebossie, Bergtee (Afr.), Tlako, Ngope-Sethsoha (Sotho)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

60cm

20cm

Min

20cm

1 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

A dense spreading ground cover that is naturally occurring along the Cape coast. It has flowers almost throughout the year, peaking in summer. Grow this pretty perennial in sunny rock gardens, along walkways or on the front of a sunny flower garden. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems

No known pests and diseases.

    Companion plants

    Geranium peltatum, Helichrysum cymosum, Monsonia speciosa, Agathosma Kluitjieskraal,

    Harvesting

    Harvest seeds before the pods burst open and gets blown away by the wind.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sowing time best in Autumn and Spring. Ideal sowing depth is between 2-5 mm. The plants do self-sow with proficiency.

    Cuttings

    Those with darker coloured flowers, are best propagated by cuttings.

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts insects like butterflies.

    Drought resistant

    Moderate drought tolerance

    Ground cover

    Uses

    Soft ground cover and has some traditional medicinal uses.

    Medicinal

    Traditionally used as a medicinal tea for bladder, venereal disease and menstruation issues.

    Edible

    Herbal tea is made from the leaves.

    Medicinal

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