This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Fresh seed of Pelargonium crithmifolium available here:
Pelargonium crithmifolium is well represented in southern Namibia, the Richtersveld and Namaqualand. What is lesser known is that it also occurs naturally in at least one area near Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is situated in the Little Karoo , many kilometers south of its normal habitat.

This succulent is the largest of the desert caudiciform Pelargoniums in South Africa. Old plants can easily grow to a height of 1 meter or more.

In cultivation Pelargonium crithmifolium is rather fast growing when given ample water. The plants do however have a tendency to elongate unnaturally if not given enough light.

Pelargonium crithmifolium flowering.

Pelargonium crithmifolium flower.
Pelargonium crithmifolium stems.

  1. fynbosfriend March 23, 2011 at 5:24 PM  

    is its frost hardiness due to teh dryness of winter in the Karoo?

  2. Karoo Hoodia March 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM  


    Not sure, Little Karoo does get winter rainfall from time to time so they do get wet occasionally. My rockery is very cold (near river) - probably hits -5 or -6 and they do get wet occasionally. Plants are fine.