Pelargonium macranta

There are countless varieties. Together with the "Zonali" is the largest Pelargonium group. Often it is difficult to recognize the varieties, even when you have in your hands illustrated texts, catalogs, websites, videos. The leaves almost never help. Therefore one can base oneself almost only on flowering. Once again he can help us give us some information about Hazel Key's text "1001 pelargonium", but also the website of his nursery. But there are many other sites, often full of photos, nurseries or associations.Years ago, when I was collecting geraniums for a short time, I discovered a strange geranium, apparently "Macranta", but with a double flower and a very bright purple color. It was easy to convince the woman who cultivated it to exchange some cuttings of that plant with some plants from my nursery. It had fragrant leaves and a strange concave shape, which did not go unnoticed. Later I noticed many of these plants here and there, looking out from the balconies of my area. We thought it was a "Macranta" and we called it familiarly "Stellina" for the appearance of the flower. In fact it was not a "Macranta" but even something so far away. Indeed it was a plant considered among the ancestors of the "Macranta", a botanical species existing in nature in South Africa, classified as Pelargonium cucullatum (L) L'Heritier. In particular, we first found the form "Flore Plenum", characterized by a double tufted flower or a star, in fact. The name cucullatum means "hood-shaped" and refers to the unmistakable shape of the leaves. The P. cucullatum ”is one of the most beautiful and generous species.THE BOOK

The "Macranta" are known, in English-speaking countries, as "Regals". A beautiful presentation of these plants is found in an English text by photographer John Feltwell entitled "Geraniums & Pelargoniums", Firefly, published in Canada in 2001. The author rightly classifies them by color, distinguishing the "Macranta" from the warm colors from those with cold colors. As can be seen from the title the text speaks not only of the Pelargonium but also of their "cousins" Geranium. Those who want to compare the two genres and discover the secret beauty of the Geranium can buy this text at specialized bookstores or on the internet.