Is it a Geranium? Is it an Erodium? No it’s a Pelargonium

Pelargonium incarnatum (Geraniaceae)

One of the most confusing generic names to any gardener is Geranium. Anyone familiar with temporary planting schemes will know the popular Bedding Geraniums. This is the rather misleading common name for hybrids of the genus Pelargonium (mainly derived from Pelargonium zonale). To distinguish them true Geranium are often called…

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Protea feathers

Male flower of Aulax umbellata (broad-leaved featherbush, Proteaceae)

Most proteas are winter or spring flowering, so by mid-summer their spectacle is over. This does not mean to say that the fynbos is then devoid of their unusual shape and form. There are other members of the protea family, Proteaceae, to take their place. At Phillipskop, the most prominent…

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