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Products > Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'
 
Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Cotyledon macrantha]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha' - A shruby succulent to 2-3 feet tall with a stout trunk that holds many branches of rounded fleshy pale green leaves that are edged with red. The showy red flowers bloom on stiff stalk above the foliage in winter-spring. This succulent will take light shade or full coastal sun and has low water needs. . 20-25 degrees F. We have long grown this plant simply as Cotyledon macrantha but note that the correct name for this plant is Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'. 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 our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and 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 if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cotyledon 'Macrantha'
 
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