From southern Namibia and the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, this species commonly occurs on mountain slopes in the xerophytic Namaqualand. Like most Pelargoniums, the foliage is aromatic; unlike most, the leaves are dimorphic, with small and large leaves. The stipule producing the large leaf is persistent, giving the plant a distinctive, armored look along the straw-yellow branches. The flowers are white to pink. These plants are rooted cuttings in one-gallon pots.