UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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Water Wise Plants

Pelargonium sidoides

pe-lar-GO-nee-um sih-DOY-deez
Common Name
African Geranium
Plant Type
Mature Size
1 ft. wide and tall forming a dense mound
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Dark purple
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

We love Pelargonium sidoides elegant dark purple flowers and dense mound of silver-gray, heart-shaped leaves. Masses of the dark purple flowers keep coming all the way through mid-December with or without deadheading. Even without flowers, African geranium still looks great in the garden because of its attractive foliage.

This is a geranium that thrives in low water situations and in full sun. We've also seen it do well in part shade with generous water. This cultivar seems to be more cold hardy than other Pelargonium. The only regular maintenance it needs is occasional deadheading of spent flowers and that's only necessary if you enjoy deadheading. All in all it doesn't seem to be a very picky plant.

Like most Pelargoniums it is very easy to propagate from cuttings. 

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