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2009
Pelargonium australe - Muscat
Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific name - Pelargonium australe. It was introduced in Europe in 1792.

Distribution and Habitat - grows on rocks soils, or coastal plains and dry forests.

Description - herbaceous perennial, 50 cm high, sparsely hairy, stems covered with non-glandular hairs. Leaves opposite, lamina ovata, ± circular, 2-9 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, 5-7 lobes, lobes Curl crenata edge, pubescent or ± glabra, 13 cm long stalks. Flowers arranged in umbele, 4.12 flowers pedunculate, 3.10 cm long, pedicel 1-2 cm long. Calyx lobes are 4.7 mm long, 1-6-8 SEPA, 8 mm long. Petals 8 mm long, pink. Lanceolata bracts, about 0.3 x 0.05 mm. Blooms in October-March. Fruit 8-15 mm long, Vilos to pubescent.

Growth rate - slowly.

Tolerances- Tolerate temperatures of 0 ° C. Tolerate mowing, autumn can be clipped right from the base, or spring to encourage increases in November.

Requirements - requires well drained soil, neutral to alkaline, in sunny position. Prefers sandy soils. Fertilized plants are richer in leaves.

Management - over the winter, the land is preserved land.

Propagation - by seedlings, early summer is the right moment, until the plant is rooted winter. The seeds, although seeds have low viability. Seed is sown soon after ripening at temperatures of 13 ° C, germinate within two to four weeks.

References

Gwen J. Harden - Flora of New South Wales - University of Washington Press, 1993

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