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Geranium incanum

Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Common names: Carpet Geranium, Wild Geranium (E); Bergtee (A); Tlako (NS); Tlako (SS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Groundcover, Perennial
A magnificent, spreading groundcover with delicate-looking mauve flowers.

Geranium incanum

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Geranium incanum

DESCRIPTION

An undemanding and hardy groundcover that has delicate, feathery light green foliage that forms a dense carpet.  It produces masses of roundish, mauve flowers throughout the year, with a peak in the summer months.

This plant is valuable for a wildlife-friendly garden as it attracts a host of insect pollinators.

The leaves and flowers are edible and make a refreshing tea.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts a host of insect pollinators.
Serves as a butterfly and moth larval host plant.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
The plant self-seeds freely, so older plants can be removed to allow the younger ones to fill the space.
Trim back after flowering to encourage a new batch of flowers.
LANDSCAPING USES
Geranium incanum is versatile and can be grown very effectively as a colourful border plant, in pots or hanging baskets. It is also very attractive when allowed to trail over retaining walls.
A useful plant for the edible garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Grassland
CULTIVATION
Geranium incanum is easily propagated from both seed and cuttings.

2 Responses

  1. Dear Glenice,

    Where can I get geranium incanum seeds, please?

    Called Cape Garden Centre, but they don’t have any.

    Please can you help?

    I am based in Cape Town Northern Suburbs.

    Many thanks,
    Arlene

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