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Products > Cotyledon orbiculata 'Huisrivier Pass'
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Huisrivier Pass' - Huis River Pig's Ear

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
Image of Cotyledon orbiculata 'Huisrivier Pass'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Huisrivier Pass' (Huis River Pig's Ear) - A small succulent plant to 6 to 8 inches tall with 4 inch long gray leaves that have a thin strong red margin near the tips and umbels of pendant orange flowers on a spike rising to 3 to 4 feet tall. While we have yet to see this plant flower in cultivation it likely will bloom in late winter to early spring when other Cotyledon orbiculata flower. Our plants were originally grown from seed collected by Carl Schoenfeld of Yuccado Nursery at Huis River Pass (or Huisrivier Pass as it is written in Afrikaner) east of Calitzdorp in West Cape, South Africa. Carl described the collection area as dry rocky soil in an arid to semi-arid region rich in succulents and small shrubs. Habit photos courtesy of Yucca Do Nursery. 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 information about Cotyledon orbiculata 'Huisrivier Pass' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.