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 Pelargonium auritum


 Photo by Vered A. Mann.


Author:  Carl Ludwig von Willdenow 1800
Family:  Geraniaceae
Habitat:  South Southern Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3,5 Centimetres
Height:  15 Centimetres
Flower:  White/Pale Pink  - Dark Purple/Black
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  Pelargonium auritum var. auritum: Geranium auritum Linnaeus 1753. Geranium prolificum var. auritum, Linnaeus 1763.Geranium hirsutum Burm.f.. Pelargonium hirsutum Aiton. Hoarea unduliflora Sweet. Pelargonium melananthon Jacq. Pelargonium hirsutum var. melananthum Harv. Pelargonium atrum L'Hér. Pelargonium dioicum Aiton. Pelargonium unduliflorum G.Don.

Pelargonium auritum var. carneum: Geranium ensatum Thunb. Pelargonium ensatum Augustin Pyramus de Candolle 1824. Pelargonium ovalifolium DC. Pelargonium reticulatum DC.  Pelargonium strigosum Steud. Pelargonium hirsutum var. carneum Harv. Hoarea ovalifolia Sweet . Hoarea reticulata Sweet. Hoarea strigosa Eckl. & Zeyh. Pelargonium auritum subsp. carneum  J.J.A.van der Walt 1980.

The caudex by Vered A. Mann. P. auritum var. carneum.

The different leave forms by Vered A. Mann. Pelargonium auritum var. auritum

Pete Liekkio' photo of an adult Pelargonium auritum var. auritum.

Drawing of Pelargonium auritum var. auritum.

Drawing of Pelargonium auritum var. carneum.

   This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1800. It is found on the southern coast of Southern Africa, growing in well-drained soil with some water and sun. The caudex can grow to three and a half centimetre in diameter and the plant will grow up to 15 centimetres. The flowers are from white with pink markings to dark purple with black markings, depending on the variation:  carneum or auritum.

 The leave form changes a lot, and different forms can be fond on a single plant. All from single leaves to complex as seen on the drawings below. This occurs in both variations, and it is the colour of the flower; petals,  that makes the different:

 Pelargonium auritum var. auritum is found in Western Cape, and its petals are dark purple to black.
 Pelargonium auritum var. carneum is found in Eastern Cape, and the petals are white to pale pink. They meet around Port Elizabeth.

This is a winter-grower.

The flowers by Vered A. Mann. Pelargonium auritum var. auritum

The flowers by Vered A. Mann. First year P. a. var. a flowered, the flowers were significantly lighter in colour.

My humble P. auritum var. carneum, suffering from the lack of dissent sunlight.

The caudex by Vered A. Mann. Pelargonium auritum var. auritum.