Austral Stork’s-bill

Scientific NamePelargonium australe
Size and formA velvety, spreading, perennial herb 30-60cm high and 30cm-1m wide.
Flowers, leaves and fruitAn umbel inflorescence of 6-12 pink flowers with purple inner markings occur on a long and downy stalk from October to March. Leaves are opposite, hairy and slightly lobed with rounded, toothed and wavy margins.
Growing conditionsSuitable for well-drained soils in a full-sun to semi-shade position. Tolerant of dry conditions and useful for rocky areas and soil binding. In summer it can die down to a rootstock and then reshoot the following autumn.