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Pelargonium quercifolium - (L.f.)L'Hér.
                 
Common Name Oak-Leaved Geranium
Family Geraniaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp places in the hills of southern Cape Province. Grows in Fynbos on mountain slopes and along the sides of roads[260].
Range S. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Pelargonium quercifolium Oak-Leaved Geranium


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Pelargonium quercifolium Oak-Leaved Geranium
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Physical Characteristics
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Pelargonium quercifolium is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Aromatic;  Astringent;  Stimulant.

An aromatic, stimulant herb, it has a resinous scent[238]. All parts of the plant are astringent[4]. The plant is taken internally in the treatment of rheumatism, hypertension and heart disease[238]. The plant can be harvested at any time and is used fresh in infusions[238].
Other Uses
Essential;  Pot-pourri;  Repellent.

An essential oil is obtained from the plant, a ladanum fragrance[46]. The dried leaves are added to pot-pourri and to insect-repellent sachets[238].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline rather dry soil in a sunny position[188, 200, 260]. Plants are not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c or perhaps a bit lower[260]. They generally require greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors when grown in a very sheltered warm spot in the mildest parts of the country[1]. They can also be grown in containers that are placed outdoors in the summer and then brought into the greenhouse or conservatory for the winter[238]. The plants need to be kept fairly dry in the winter[200]. The bruised leaves release a warm pungent aroma rather like incense[245]. Very tolerant of pruning, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn when bringing them back indoors, or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth[238].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 13°c, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter. Cuttings succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Izuel Solaris Sun Aug 10 2008
I have recently obtained a substance which claims its a legal alternative to MDMA/ecxtasy. Apart from Guarana, Citrus Auruntium, Octopamine and flavouring agents it also contains Pergonium Quercifolium. I have tracked down and researched the effects of all of the other materials and was wondering what purposes P. Quercifolium would serve. Does it have any euphoric effects at all? I do not feel safe trying this substance until all ingredients have been researched. Thank you for your help.
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