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Pelargonium capitatum - (L.)L'Hér.

Common Name Rose-Scented Geranium
Family Geraniaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dunes and sandy hills near the sea from the south-west Cape to southern Natal[260].
Range S. Africa.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Pelargonium capitatum Rose-Scented Geranium


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pelargonium capitatum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

P. drummondii.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Aromatherapy  Aromatic  Astringent  Emollient

The whole plant is an aromatic, soothing, emollient herb with a rose-like aroma[238]. All parts of the plant are astringent[4]. It is taken internally as a remedy for minor digestive ailments, plus kidney and bladder disorders[238]. Externally, it is applied to rashes and cracked skin[238]. The leaves can be harvested and used as required[238]. The essential oil is a major component of geranium oil, which is used in aomatherapy and skin care[238].

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Other Uses

Essential  Pot-pourri

P. Capitatum has strong rose scented ovate crinkled leaves with a soft texture, Flowers are usually 15 mm across & each head has about 10-20 flowers mauve pink in colour. An essential oil is obtained from the plant, it has a rose fragrance[104]. It is used in perfumery[188, 238]. The leaves are used in pot-pourri[238].

Special Uses

Dynamic accumulator  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[188, 200]. Plants are not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about 0°c[260]. They generally require greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors when grown in a very sheltered warm spot in the mildest parts of the country[1]. They can also be grown in containers that are placed outdoors in the summer and then brought into the greenhouse or conservatory for the winter[238]. The plants need to be kept fairly dry in the winter[200]. Very tolerant of pruning, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn when bringing them back indoors, or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth[238]. When bruised, the leaves release a scent of roses[245]. Sometimes cultivated for its essential oil[188].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 13°c, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter. Cuttings succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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