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Products > Cotyledon orbiculata 'Cinderella'
 
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Cinderella' - Pig's Ear
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Cinderella' (Pig's Ear) - An evergreen, branching succulent with fleshy round leaves about the size of a silver dollar. As with the species the edges of the leaf are lined with red. Orange bell-shaped flowers dangle from flower stalks that rise above the foliage in the summer. This form was selected for its leaves and it seems more compact than the species, growing only to about 18 to 24 inches tall in a dense mound. Best in full coastal sun or light shade with occasional summer watering. Good container plant. Our stock plant for this selection came from a garden on Cinderella Lane in Santa Barbara that was designed by Lisa James. Although there has not been a recorded incident of this plant being poisonous to humans there have been cases in California where sheep have died when fed Cotyledon orbiculata. In South Africa, the disease caused by eating these plants, called cotyledonosis, has poisoned sheep and goats but rarely other animals. The meat of animals killed by cotyledonosis also remains toxic. The reason for this name for the genus is a complicated story. The plant, Wall Pennywort or Navelwort, (Umbilicus rupestris) was previously included in the genus. In medieval times, and in homeopathic medicine this plant was/is commonly known as Cotyledon so this name stuck with the genus, even though the plant it was named for did not. The name originated from the Greek word 'kotyledon' or 'kotyle' meaning "cupped", "hollowed" or "a cavity". The specific epithet is Latin meaning "round and flat" or "disk-shaped" in reference to the typical leaf shape of the species.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Cotyledon orbiculata 'Cinderella' .
 
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