Pelargonium capitatum (L.) L’Hér.

Rose-scented Pelargonium

in Aiton., Hort. Kew. 2: 425 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrubby aromatic perennial to 100 cm high, softly hairy; stems semi-succulent; stems, peduncles and pedicels villous with eglandular hairs; roots fibrous. Leaves alternate or opposite, lamina ovate to cordate, 2–8 cm long and wide, partially to deeply 3–7-lobed, villous, margins obtusely toothed, often undulate; petiole 2–6 cm long. Umbels 7–12-flowered; peduncle 3–17 cm long; pedicels 3–8 mm long; sepals elliptic, 5–8 mm long, acute, apiculate, villous; sepal spur 3–4 mm long; petals obovate 10–18 mm long, pink, at least the larger pair veined and often blotched dark crimson; fertile stamens usually 7. Fruit c. 25–35 mm long; mericarps villous. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*GipP. Also naturalised WA, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. Weakly (or perhaps no longer) naturalised from gardens in Victoria, known from only a few pre-1900 collections on coastal dunes and cliffs on the Mornington Peninsula (e.g. Frankston, Sorrento), and a single specimen from Romsey.

Source: Smith, L.P.; Walsh, N.G. (1999). Pelargonium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Geraniaceae
genus Pelargonium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pelargonium capitatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pelargonium capitatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales