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Products > Cotyledon orbiculata 'White Platter'
 
Cotyledon orbiculata 'White Platter' - Pig's Ear
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: 9Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon orbiculata 'White Platter' (Platter Pig's Ear) - A succulent shrub to 1-2 feet tall that grows with thick stems laying flat to the ground terminating in slightly upturned 6 to 8 inch long by 5 to 6 inch wide powdery gray white leaves. Orange bell-shaped flowers dangle from flower stalks that rise above the foliage in the summer. Best in full coastal sun or light shade with occasional summer watering. Hardy to 25-30 degrees Tolerates coastal conditions and drought. A good container or groundcover plant. This form of Cotyledon orbiculata is one often called Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata and it lies flatter than others we grow and has the largest and whitest leaves of any Cotyledon that we grow. We list Cotyledon orbiculata as a poisonous plant and, though there has not been a recorded incident of Cotyledon orbiculata 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 reason for the name of the genus is a complicated story. The plant, Wall Pennywort or Navelwort, (Umbilicus rupestris) was previously included in the genus and 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 now is in a different genus. This 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 made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cotyledon orbiculata 'White Platter'.
 
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