Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cotyledonis
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Pelargonium cotyledonis is a perennial sparsely branched succulent, for most of the year a thick and contorted, leafless, shrublets, 3-15 cm thick, up to 30 cm high, but occasionally as tall as 1 m, producing in about May or June a loose rosette of orbicular leaves 2-5 cm long on stalks up to c. 8 cm long. The five petals are pure white, equal in size, and evenly arranged round the centre of the flower to lend it a perfectly regular appearance. Pelargonium cotyledonis is a truly odd species in a genus remarkable for its diversity, and the most curious member of the endemic flora of Saint Helena. The leathery, prominently-veined leaves and the regular, pure white flowers distinguish this species from all others. In the genus it is the only species with pure white petals without any coloured markings. Pelargonium cotyledonis is endemic to the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. It occurs in the south west of the island and was recorded from several localities in 1875; several thriving plants were still found in 1970 but nevertheless the population is drastically low.

Common Names: Old Father Live Forever, Hollyhock-leaved pelargonium
Stems: Rough due to the subpersistent stipules and scaly bark, branched, succulent to somewhat woody, to 5 cm in diameter, tips pubescent greyish-green but soon becoming greyish-brown to brown.
Leaves: Deciduous in summer, clustered and closely-spaced near branches tips, simple. Petioles up to 2.5-8 cm long (usually longer than lamina) attached towards the centre of the underside (peltate) and villous. Blades, leathery, wrinkled, conspicuously veined, more or less orbicular to cordate,(20-) 30-40 (-50) mm long and wide, glabrous or minutely hairy above, discolorous, normally green turning reddish later, paler and densely woolly below . Base cordate, apex obtuse, margin crenate and slightly rolled down. Stipules narrowly triangular, pointed, 3-5 mm long, 1-2 mm broad, pubescent.
Inflorescences. In the centre of the rosette is borne a slender scape 20 cm or more high, bearing loose branched umbels of flowers. Part-inflorescences with 5-15 flowers, each with 5 white spreading obovate petals 10-14 mm long. Peduncles 30-60 mm long, with glandular hairs. Pedicels 4- 8 mm long with glandular hairs. Hypanthium 0.5-1.5 mm long, conspicuously thickened basally. Sepals lanceolate, green, 6 mm long, 2 mm broad, hairy. Petals 5, white, or sometimes with a pale pink flush, equal in size and shape, elliptic to slightly obovate with short claws, 12-15 mm long, 5-7 mm wide. Stamens 5 (4 long, 1 short); pollen white.
Fruits (mericarps): Linear, ribbed, base of mericarp approx 4 mm long, tail 10-15 mm long, emerging from the small cup of the persistent sepals.
Water requirements. Water from early February to late April, then from early August to late November, at a minimum temperature of +14° C. Keep completely dry in summer and rather dry winter, at a minimum temperature of +8° C. Pelargonium cotyledonis in cultivation is usually so overwatered and overfertilized that it is hardly recognizable as the species that it is. Correctly grown, this is a beautiful, compact and dense plant.
Exposure: Light shade or morning sun in summer.
Frost Tolerance: Tender, it needs frost protection. Recommended minimum temperature is 8 °C or even above. Protect from frost.


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This plant is just lovely. I'm hoping it thrives while I'm looking after it.

Pelargonium cotyledonis

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