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Species. Our form has pale golden cream flowers with dark purple markings. Scented in the early evening. They are held on tall stems from flat filigree leaves. Tuberous and propagated on the nursery using the tubers. Tends to go dormant in early summer. New leaves are often produced in early winter. Ht. 40cm. Sp. 35cm. Water very little during dormant season. It’s Latin names means ‘sad’ flowers. Highly prized on the nursery and the flowers are noted by Mike as ‘epitome of elegance’ 

Polyactium group. Early 1600’s.
The first Pelargonium to reach Europe from the Cape of South Africa in the early 17th Century. Originally named Geranium indicum Noctu Odoratum meaning ‘Night scented Indian Geranium’. Frequently collected either in tuber form or seed and used in remedies for dysentery. Varying forms are due to this frequent collection of self pollinated seed, flower colour ranges from yellow to dark purple or brown. These different forms have often been assigned other species names including P. flavum. Brought to Europe from 1630, by many including John Tradescant in 1632. Although documented in botanic gardens at Leiden years before. Named ‘indian geranium’ as it was believed to have originated there for many years.

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Plant Details: PELARGONIUM triste


Species: triste

Common name: Pelargonium

Family: Geraniaceae

Origin: S. Africa

Flower colour: Brown

Flower scent: Sweetly

Foliage colour: Green

Autumn leaf colour: Green

Hardy: RHS H3 -5 to 1 degrees

Soil type: Well drained soil

Aspect: Sun

Evergreen: Deciduous

Height: 50

Spread: 20

Flower type: Single

Foliage style: Dainty Foliage Habit

Leaf colour: Green

Winter grow conditions: Frost free greenhouse

Container Compost: Peat Substitute, Peat Substitute Compost

Web rating: Woottens rating 10/10

Pot Size: 7cm

Sub Group: Species

Dispatch Times

  • We aim to dispatch majority of orders within 5-7 working days
  • There are EXCEPTIONS during busy periods – please click here to find out about current dispatch times
  • Some plants are seasonal and only dispatched at certain times of the year. Including Pelargoniums, Auriculas and Irises click here for more details
  • Bareroot plants can take between 7-10 days before dispatch.
  • We only send plants of optimum quality therefore your delivery may be split and plants sent to follow later. Whilst we try and keep our website up to date inevitably during busy period’s plants may sell out.
  • Sometimes it is necessary to ‘cut back’ your plants for the good of the plants and to insure safe packing and arrival of your order. We only do this to herbaceous perennials that will rejuvenate stronger from the base.
  • If there are any problems with your order you will contacted via email or phone to discuss the order


  • Potted plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 4 working days after the order has been placed.
  • Bareroot plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 10 working days after the order has been placed
  • Collections can be picked up any day by appointment except Sunday.
  • Please specify which date you will be collecting on in the 'order notes' box at the checkout.

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