Herb: Oak-Leaved Geranium


Latin name: Pelargonium quercifolium


Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)



Medicinal use of Oak-Leaved Geranium:

An aromatic, stimulant herb, it has a resinous scent. All parts of the plant are astringent. The plant is taken internally in the treatment of rheumatism, hypertension and heart disease. The plant can be harvested at any time and is used fresh in infusions.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
150 cm
(5 feet)

Flovering:
May to
July


Scent:
Scented
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Damp places in the hills of southern Cape Province. Grows in Fynbos on mountain slopes and along the sides of roads.

Other uses of Oak-Leaved Geranium:

An essential oil is obtained from the plant, a ladanum fragrance. The dried leaves are added to pot-pourri and to insect-repellent sachets.

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 Oak-Leaved Geranium:

Damp places in the hills of southern Cape Province. Grows in Fynbos on mountain slopes and along the sides of roads.

Known hazards of Pelargonium quercifolium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.