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Scent/Aroma: undefined, describes as aromatic and is very pleasant
Leaf: succulent, crinkly textured, variable in form and size, sometimes hairy, deeply lobed. During a drought - not likely in the UK or Ireland - leaves fall off although the plant remains alive and well.
Flower: creamy white, plum feathering to throat of upper petals
Growing habit: sprawling shrublet with many scrambling branches, often trailing. Stems are brittle and are covered with soft hairs.
Other Info: stunning scented geranium, excellent as a house plant, stunning in hanging baskets for the summer months outside. Flowers prolifically over many months. the following information source was plantzafrica The nomenclature of this species is confusing and with both P. fragile and P. tripartitum being names for the plant in the past. Koos Roux of the Compton herbarium ( pers comm.) explains it thus:
Starting at the earliest date; Burm.f. in 1759 published Geranium trifidum. In 1797 Jacquin published Pelargonium trifidum. These taxa I assume were based on different types and must therefore be treated as different taxa altogether. In 1800 Willdenow transferred Burman's Geranium to Pelargonium - thus Pelargonium trifidum(Burm.f.) Willd. This combination in Pelargonium is predated by Jacquin's Pelargonium trifidum (1797). Andrews describedGeranium fragile in 1798 and therefore postdated Geranium trifidum Burm.f. (1759) and Pelargonium trifidum Jacq. (1797) and therefore has no standing. The correct name is Pelargonium trifidumJacq..
It was also known as Pelargonium tripartitum because Knuth (1912) disregarded the earliest specific epithet fragile of Andrews (1798).
The brittle-stalked pelargonium was introduced into England in 1792 by prominent nurserymen James Lee and Lewis Kennedy.
Ecology Pelargonium trifidum is pollinated by long-tongue flies. Pelargonium seed is interesting in that, attached to the elliptic seed, is a feathered, tail-like structure that is coiled in a spiral arrangement. This tail causes the seed to twist around in the wind and to drill itself into the soil in a corkscrew fashion, thus ensuring that most seeds produced (5 seeds per flower) have a good chance of germinating , (Brown, N. & Duncan, G. 2006).
Uses and cultural aspects Although Pelargonium trifidum has no cultural use, horticulturally it is an attractive species. Pelargonium trifidum should be planted in an area that is well drained and receives full sun. (NOTE from Annie should be over wintered inside in UK and Ireland) Perfect growing conditions will allow it to grow to 1 m, therefore the shrublet should be planted in front of other taller growing shrubs, but behind low-growing plants. The flowers are large and will be a beautiful attraction in the garden.
Annie & Guy's Comments: We had this type a few years ago and loved it as it is so pretty, flowers are amazing. When we relocated in 2011 the removal people somehow managed to destroy quite a few of our Parent plants and P. trifidum was unfortunately one of these. Thankfully we have trifidum back in our Collection and we are confident that she will be an enoromous hit with our Followers.
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