Herb: Pheasant's Foot Geranium


Latin name: Pelargonium glutinosum


Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)



Medicinal use of Pheasant's Foot Geranium:

All parts of the plant are astringent.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
150 cm
(5 feet)

Flovering:
May


Scent:
Scented
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Dry rocky places and by streams in the southern Cape and northern Transvaal.

Other uses of Pheasant's Foot Geranium:

An essential oil is obtained from the plant. It has a ladanum fragrance.

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 Pheasant's Foot Geranium:

Dry rocky places and by streams in the southern Cape and northern Transvaal.

Known hazards of Pelargonium glutinosum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.