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Products > Pelargonium sidoides 'Gloriana'
 
Pelargonium sidoides 'Gloriana' - Kalwerbossie Geranium
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Geraniaceae (Geraniums)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Burgundy
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (P. sidoides x P. reniforme)
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Pelargonium sidoides 'Gloriana' (Kalwerbossie Geranium) - This silver-gray foliaged perennial/ subshrub forms mounds of foliage to 1 foot tall by 2 feet wide with small clusters of magenta-pink flowers held high above the foliage that are produced year round in coastal California. Plant in full sun in well-drained soils. It is hardy and evergreen to 25 F and can take colder temperatures but will be dormant. This is a selection of the typically burgundy-flowering species, which has proved itself as a great plant in southern California gardens. We received this plant from Mark Bartholomew at Hi-Mark Nursery. He was given the plant by Gloria Norland of Sperling Nursery in Calabasas, who found it in her own garden. 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' meaning "stork" because the seed head looks like that of a stork's beak. The specific epithet comes from this plant's foliage having a resemblance to that of Sida rhombifolia, a European plant in the malva family (Malvaceae) whose name was taken from an ancient Greek word for "water lily". According to noted Pelargonium breeder Jay Kapac, all of the various Pelargonium sidoides in the California nursery trade are hybrids between the true Pelargonium sidoides and Pelargonium reniforme. True Pelargonium sidoides has smaller fragrant flowers and is truly a basal perennial and does not produce any stems. Because it would cause undo confusion to drop the name Pelargonium sidoides from our listing we continue to list the plant we grow as a cultivar of this species and but recognize that technically this is incorrect.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Pelargonium sidoides 'Gloriana'.