Herb latin name: Pelargonium triste

Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Medicinal use of Pelargonium triste:

All parts of the plant are astringent.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)



Habitat of the herb:

Sandy or gravelly soils on hills or flats in the western Cape.

Edible parts of Pelargonium triste:

Root. This species has tuberous roots that can be cooked like potatoes. Extractable - we assume this means that a starch can be extracted from it.

Other uses of the herb:

An essential oil is obtained from the plant.

Propagation of Pelargonium triste:

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. Division. The plant spreads by means of its tuberous roots - young suckers can be potted up at any time of the year and grown on in pots in a greenhouse until established.

Cultivation of the herb:

Sandy or gravelly soils on hills or flats in the western Cape.

Known hazards of Pelargonium triste:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.