Persistent spiny thick hardened petioles on some Pelargoniums should be
enough to delight the eye of not only the odd plant fan but even the ardent
cactus spine fancier. The four pellys for GetW that I'll mention
today happen to be from section Ligularia even though the spiney petioles
are not necessarily a section characteristic.
A small shrublet from the Succulent Karoo. This winter grower has
exceptionally large persistent spine like petioles. Its small size and
heavy armor make it attractive to my eye. This one is easy from
Hystrichos is greek for a porcupine. This dwarf species has light
colored persistent stipules on a dark body. Really pretty! P.
hystrix is known from only four localities from Calvin and to the north.
The mostly winter rainfall is under one inch per year. This species is
rather uncommon and really needs to have well drained mix.
This species is not mentioned in the VanderWalt volumes but it is smilar in
a subtle way to P. hystrix that I presume it is in section Ligularia.
Anyone know for sure? Low growing in series of short growth giving
the appearance of a series of beads. From Cape provence, Klipplaat,
Pelargonium pulchellum (dormant with growth just starting)
Short, thick, spiney, semisucculent stems make this a particularly
attractive species. From Namaqualand this species wants winter sun and
good drainage. This one's beautiful even when dormant.