Dr. Pierre André Swart (PhD – Botany)

At New Plant Nursery we have a good selection of aromatic Pelargoniums, including Pelargonium x fragrans, Pelargonium crispum and Pelargonium graveolens.

Pelargonium x fragrans Nutmeg is actually a hybrid between Pelargonium odoratissimum and Pelargonium exstipulatum, two indigenous Pelargonium species.

It has a dainty white flower, greyish green leaves and an intense spicy nutmeg scent. This plant works well as a houseplant or a plant or a garden plant. Be sure to plant it somewhere where it’s lovely scent will be appreciated.

Pelargonium crispum has a slightly bigger flower than Pelargonium x fragrans Nutmeg with a magenta centre. Its fan-shaped leaves with crisped leaf margins has a refreshing lemon scent. We are also busy developing a variegated variety of this species. This plant looks great in pot or a small garden.

Pelargonium graveolens has a unique little flower and has a lovely rose scent. The leaves of this Pelargonium can be used in deserts and the flavour is enhanced by the cooking process. This plant works well next to pathways and entrances where passers-by will bump into it and release its invigorating aroma.

We also often stock some medicinal Pelargoniums on request, such as Pelargonium sidoides. The roots of Pelargonium sidoides are used to treat diarrhoea and dysentery in the form an infusion or decoction. Pelargonium sidoides is an ingredient in a German remedy called “Umckaloabo” that is used to treat bronchitis in children.