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Products > Pelargonium cordifolium
 
Pelargonium cordifolium - Heartleaf Geranium
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Geraniaceae (Geraniums)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Pelargonium cordatum]
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32° F
Pelargonium cordifolium (Heartleaf Geranium) - This shrubby (main stem is woody at the base, while the side branches are herbaceous) geranium has a dense rounded form to 3-5 feet tall and as wide with dull green 2 1/2 inch long heart-shaped leaves. The lavender-pink flowers that have dark purple veins are produced from late winter into summer with peak bloom occurring in the spring. Grows well in full coastal sun but tolerates light and even dense shade but blooms best with bright light. Irrigate regularly to occasionally in full sun but only requires an occasional watering in shade. Has proved hardy to at least 26 degrees F in our garden. Pelargonium cordifolium occurs mainly near the coast in the southern and eastern Cape of South Africa in moist places in the fynbos (shrublands) or in and at the margins of the forests. The name for the genus comes from Johannes Burman (1707-1780, a Dutch physician and botanist whom Linnaeus worked for in his youth. Burman first used the name to describe some South African Geraniums in 1738. The name was derived from the Greek word 'pelargós' (pe?a????) meaning "stork" because the seed head looks like that of a stork's beak. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'cor' (Greek 'kardia') meaning "heart" and 'folius' meaning "a leaf" in reference to the heart shape of the leaves.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Pelargonium cordifolium.