The genus Pelargonium includes well over two hundred species. The majority of them ( over 80%) are found in southern Africa, and on my recent trip I was lucky enough to see a number that were in bloom. Of these, my favourites were P. incrassatum, growing in great profusion among rocky banks at the side of the road; and in Namaqualand, P. sericifolium had just come into bloom with viola-like flowers standing tall against beautifully serrated foliage. On a hike in Gifberg I came across P. magenteum with masses of magenta flowers with darker marking on each petal. I saw P. triste everywhere throughout my travels, but it wasn't until the last day at the Darling Wild Flower Reserve that I saw a large colony with a huge variation in colour and markings. I could do a post on P. triste alone, there was so much attractive variety of flower, but for the moment, I have included an image of my favourite.
|A sign on the genus Pelargonium at Kistenbosch Botanic Garden in Cape Town.|