Pelargonium papilionaceum is an upright branching shrub that grows to about 2 metres (6 1/2 ft) in height,The leaves are heart shaped 4-5 shallow lobed and pungent scented that some find unpleasant. The upper flowers are considerably larger than the lower petals which are smaller & narrow purplish pink in colour that resembles a butterfly with dark purple markings on the upper petals and each flowering stalk contains 5-10 flowers.
The leaves are used as a substitute for tobacco and could also have medicinal properties.
Pelargonium papilionaceum is native to the Western Cape & Eastern Cape in the South where it grows in valleys near to streams and on the edge of forests that has Summer & Winter rainfall. It prefers sandy/loam soil conditions (PH.acid/alkaline) in part shade. Best grown in large pots or planted in the garden and also combined with other plants to add colour..