Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Pelargonium transvaalense 'African Princess'
Transvaal Hardy Pelargonium
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Item #: 13717
Zones: 7b to 9b
Height: 18" tall
Origin: South Africa
Pelargonium transvaalense is a virtually unknown winter hardy species of "florist" geranium, hailing from only two regions in South Africa: the KwaZulu-Natal and around Barberton, where it can be found between 2,000' and 4,500' elevation. The 18" tall x 3' wide clumps thrive in both half-day sun or light shade. The green foliage with purple rings adorns the branched stems, and is topped with terminal clusters of typical, pink, pelargonium-like flowers all summer into early fall. In South Africa, Pelargonium transvaalense is also used orally to treat fever, colic, diarrhea, and dysentery, although we prefer it for its ornamental garden value. Thanks to plantsman Aaron Floden for turning us on to this special hardy form of an amazing garden plant that has survived 7 degrees F unprotected for us.