Pelargonium cucullatum is an upright branching slightly woody shrub that grows up to 200 cm (78 inches) in height, the rounded toothed leaves tilt upwards forming a cupshape, the large flowers are pinkish purple in colour. P. Cucullatum is an ancester of a wide variety of present day hybrids such as the regal pelargonium.
This plant is native South Africa in the Western Cape where it grows in sandy coastal areas. The leaves have medicinal properties and can be made into a poultice to treat stings, bruises and abscesses.
Pelargonium cucullatum prefers well drained sandy/loam soil in full sun to part shade P.H acid/neutral. It is best planted in the garden in a sheltered place or grown in larger pots.