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Pelargonium Bliq (formerly B11Q)
Pelargoniums (Regal Pelargoniums)
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price$6.00
Came to us from the Regal Preservation Project. The plant is charming and has deep red upper petals with dark brown veins and blotches. The lower petals are white with strawberry blotches. Cynthia Pardoe tells us that it comes from Sicily and she saw in in the botanic garden in Palermo. It is an old and rare variety.


Photograph by Donn Reiners

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Monsonia speciosa


This is an unusual member of the Geranium Family. The leaf lobes are very fine and narrow, and the flowers look like white tissue paper with notched margins and a pink central blotch. The anthers are orange. The plant grows in the winter and flowers in the spring. It must be allowed to go dormant during the summer. At that time all water should be withheld. It does well in a container, but should be protected from temperatures below freezing in the winter. It can be propagated from root cuttings or seeds. The roots are bright yellow and semi fibrous. It comes from the winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape of South Africa and grows in sandy loam.

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