Pelargonium australe

Austral Stork's Bill

Hairy perennial herb forming a clump, fleshy tap root.

Additional information

  • FamilyGeraniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.6 m x 0.3-1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesPairs of soft aromatic egg-shaped to round leaves to 9 cm across, velvety below, entire or shallowly 5-7- lobed, margins scalloped and often wavy, stalk to 13 cm long.
  • Flower colourPink with crimson to purple markings
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersClusters of 6-12 5-petalled flowers, upper 2 petals with crimson to purple blotches or veins, on long stalks. Long spreading hairs on calyx.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils, often on rocky hills. Frost tolerant. Full sun to dappled shade.
  • Garden useAttractive plant for rockeries and cottage gardens. Tolerates dry conditions once established. May die back to rootstock in hot weather.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusScattered distribution within the Shire. Not common. It is uncertain whether this species also occurs in plant communities Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest, Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest or Buxton Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland.
  • Related speciesSimilar to Pelargonium inodorum which is smaller in all features. It has tiny petals and is an annual or short-lived perennial.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
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