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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.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Cotyledon orbiculata 'Huisrivier Pass'.
 
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