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Cotyledon velutina - Velvet Cotyledon
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon velutina A shruby plant to 2 feet tal with beautiful undulating fuzzy red margined leaves and from from spring into summer have pendulous yellow flowers that have strong orange-red edged petals. Plant in full to part sun with occasional to infrequent irrigation. Hardy down to the low to mid 20's F. This species is noted as being one of the largest growing of the shrubby Cotyledons and but this form seems to grow no taller than 2 feet tall and has more interesting foliage that what is typical. It was an International Succulent Institute introduction in 1991 (ISI 91-38) that was originally collected by Seymour Linden from between Salem and Alexandria, south-west of Grahamstown in the East Cape Province of South Africa and given to the Huntington Botanic Garden who accessioned it as HBG65572. The name for the genus originated from the Greek word 'kotyledon' or 'kotyle' meaning "cupped", "hollowed" or "a cavity" but the reason it is used for this genus has to do with the original inclusion of the round cup-leafed Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris) in the genus. The specific epithet refers to the velvety surface of the leaves. 

This information about Cotyledon velutina 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.