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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
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 forms tight 12 inch mounds of foliage 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' (pe?a????) 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".  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any 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 sidoides 'Gloriana'.