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Scientific Name: Pelargonium radens

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Pelargonium radens
Pelargonium radens


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa.
  • An evergreen perennial plant, growing to about 1m high.
  • Has deeply-cut leaves with a camphoraceous rose-lemon scent.
  • In summer it bears flowers that are pale purple to pink with deep purple markings on the upper two flower petals.
  • Needs well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil and full sun.
  • May be cut back if it begins to look leggy .
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Grows well in a pot.

Culinary Uses

  • Traditionally the edible leaves were used as a flavoring in jellies and in herbal teas.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Other Uses

  • Leaves are dried for pot-pourri, herb pillows and bath bags.
  • Insect repellent.
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