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Umckaloabo Root

Wildharvested & Kosher Certified

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  • Pelargonium sidoides
  • Origin: South Africa
Umckaloabo Root


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Common Name

Standardized: umckaloabo

Botanical Name

Pelargonium sidoides DC.
Plant Family: Geraniaceae


The umckaloabo is a member of the geranium family and is native to South Africa and Lesotho. It is well distributed within its native range, growing in many parts of the country. It grows in clumps, rising up to three feet in height, thriving in full sun. The plant is adapted to survive grassfires due to the underground network of root-like branches that it produces. The flowers of the umckaloabo are dark red with thin spindly petals. These flowers appear throughout the year, most prominently during the spring and summer months. The plant is a perennial and can last for years in cultivation, dying back during the winter within its wild habitat.

Umckaloabos are frequently cultivated as ornamental plants within their native range. They make handsome pot plants and are relatively easy to care for. They are incorporated into flowerbeds and are often used in landscaping.

Parts Used

Dried root.

Typical Preparations

Most frequently prepared as an extract, and can also be found as an herbal tea. The extract is often incorporated into tablets and lozenges.


No known precautions.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.