Pelargonium quercifolium is a tall upright branching shrub that grows to about 150 cm (59 inches) in height, the sticky palmate leaves have a strong balsam scent and resembles that of an oak leaf. The flowers are light to dark pink in colour with dark purple markings on the upper petals and each flowering stalk contains 2-6 flowers.
The leaves are used for essential oil and for herbal remedies such as hypertension,heart disease and rheumatism. The leaves when crushed release a strong balsam fragrance and can be used in pot-pourri and infusions.
Pelargonium quercifolium is native to a small area of South Africa in the Eastern Cape & Western Cape which has hot Summers & year round rainfall and grows on mountainsides & in rocky areas containing sandstone and other natural stone types. It prefers loam based soil conditions (PH.acid/neutral) in full sun to part shade and is best planted in a fragrant garden or in containers or pots.