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Cotyledon orbiculata 'Rhodes'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
Image of Cotyledon orbiculata 'Rhodes'
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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
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Rhodes' - A smaller growing Cotyledon with 3 inch long by 1 to 2 inch wide flat gray leaves with red margins and pendant orange flowers held in an umbel above foliage on a stout flower stalk. We have not seen this plant flower in cultivation but flowering will likely be in late winter or spring when other cultivated Cotyledon bloom. Our plants were originally grown from seed collected at 6,031 feet elevation near Rhodes in the mountainous northeastern area of East Cape, South Africa by Carl Schoenfeld of Yucca Do Nursery. Carl noted that the plant was found in rock outcroppings within the high elevation semiarid grasslands. Associated plants included Bulbine narcissifolia, Bulbine frutescens, Dierama sp., Morea sp., Albuca aurea, Hypoxia aff rooperii and Gladiolus sp. This plant is possibly a form of the wide ranging Cotyledon orbiculata. Habitat photo 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 'Rhodes' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.