Herb: Ivy Geranium

Latin name: Pelargonium australe

Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Medicinal use of Ivy Geranium:

All parts of the plant are astringent.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Dunes by the sea or rocky granite outcrops inland.

Edible parts of Ivy Geranium:

Root. No more details are given apart from a note that it is astringent.

Propagation of the herb:

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 13C, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months. 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.

Cultivation of Ivy Geranium:

Dunes by the sea or rocky granite outcrops inland.

Known hazards of Pelargonium australe:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.