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Pelargonium capitatum

   (Family: Geraniaceae)
Afrikaans: kusmalva English: rose-scented pelargonium  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.5 - 1m
Spread: 0.5 - 2m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Biome: Fynbos
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Leaf texture Rough
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Description EDIT
Pelargonium capitatum is a low shrub. The stems are soft and coated in green, glandular hairs. Brushing against a bush releases a copious scent of the essential oil from damaged hairs.
Growing EDIT
Easily grown from cutting and seed.Pelargoniums can also be grown from seed in late summer and early autumn. The seed of pelargoniums is quite interesting in that attached to the elliptically shaped seed, is a feathered, tail-like structure that is coiled in a spiral. The tail allows the seed to drill and secure itself in the soil if twisted around by the wind or affected by the movement of animals
Distribution EDIT
The rose-scented pelargonium occurs from Lamberts Bay, all along the coast, through the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal . Its grows well on sand dunes or low hillsides near the coast. Pelargonium capitatum is commonly found growing in disturbed areas.
History EDIT
The rose-scented p elargonium is cultivated for its oil of geranium. The sweetly scented leaves are a wonderful skin softener. The leaves can be rubbed into the hands to soothe calluses and scratches, into heels to soften horny, cracked skin and can be tied to a piece of muslin and used in the bath as a skin and wash treatment which also soothes rashes. A tea made from leaves was an old remedy used by people from the Cape to treat kidney and bladder ailments, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and flatulence.
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