Pelargonium sidoides

night_scented_stock(S England)June 12, 2011

This plant has just become available in UK for colds, coughs etc. I never heard of it before. Can anybody tell me if it's easy to grow ?

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Richters usually carries it but I see they are sold out. Try other vendors with the common name as well as the botanical.

FataMorgana

Here is a link that might be useful: Richters - umckaloabo

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 7:09PM
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night_scented_stock(S England)

I don't know the common name.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:16AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Did you click the link I gave? There was two common names there. Though I would not use "wild geranium" as you will probably get hits for other plants like Geranium maculatum.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:50AM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

I haven't grown this, but it sounds like a good ornamental if you live in Southern California or other dry place where temps rarely go below freezing. It should not have cultural needs resembling ordinary garden pelargoniums (geraniums), wanting dryer conditions.

While there's preliminary research supporting folklore usage in some lung inflammatory conditions, Richter's is going overboard in claiming that modern studies prove it's a TB cure (no such evidence exists in the research literature or clinical practice)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 1:12PM
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night_scented_stock(S England)

Have seen the link now, fatamorgana, thanks. As I live in SE England (UK), it probably won't grow here if its from Africa. We get some pretty freezing winters. It is being sold in pill form at present here, not as a plant; looks like the interest has come in from Germany.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 11:40AM
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