Scientific nameThis night-scented pelargonium, with its attractive carrot-like leaves, makes an interesting addition to collections of Cape plants.
Seeds can be sown in late summer in a well-drained soil mixture. Germination usually takes place after three weeks. The seedlings should also be potted in a well-drained, composted soil mixture.
Pelargonium triste can be grown from cuttings, seed and from dividing clumps of the tubers. Cuttings can be made in autumn or spring. Short stem cuttings can be taken and dipped into rooting hormone to promote the formation of roots. The cuttings are placed in a propagation medium made up of coarse river sand. They are then kept in a cold frame until rooting has taken place. Once rooted, plants are potted into a well-drained, composted mixture for further growth.
Tubers can be divided when the plant is not in its active growing stage.
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
Pelargonium triste is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Peninsula Shale Renosterveld Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Peninsula Shale Renosterveld