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Scientific Name: Pelargonium gibbosum
Alternative Names: Dikbeen Malva (Afr).

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Pelargonium gibbosum
Pelargonium gibbosum
Pelargonium gibbosum
Pelargonium gibbosum


  • Perennial
  • Gouty pelargonium is indigenous to the winter rainfall area in South Africa and is found in sandy and rocky places along the western coast of the Western Province - from Namaqualand up to the Cape Peninsula.
  • This rare, semi succulent pelargonium is called 'gouty pelargonium' because of the plant's long stem segments which have lumpy, swollen nodes/joints.
  • It is fast growing with a sprawling habit and the leaves are a beautiful blue-green, deeply toothed and wavy - giving the plant a "Billowy" appearance.
  • From late spring to autumn, Gouty pelargonium bears clusters of unusual yellowish-green flowers at the end of fairly long stems - very fragrant and sweetly scented at night, thus drawing night pollinators.
  • If planted in the right position it will develop a gorgeous thick mound 30-60cm high, and with time will develop a caudiciform base that can spread to over a meter across - Caudiciform plants are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climate or soil conditions.
  • Gouty pelargonium is evergreen and hardy up to -3°C if protected.
  • It is normally dormant in summer but will grow year round if moderately watered.
  • Their time of maximum growth is autumn to winter, during their natural rainy season.
  • Gouty pelargonium is ideal for rockeries and other areas where drought tolerant plants are required.
  • They need very well drained loam or sandy soil and will also do well in a container - feed from time to time with organic fertilizer.

Culinary Uses

  • In rural areas the fresh leaves are snacked on as a wild food - the taste is slightly tart and astringent, but palatable.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.
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