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Tylecodon wallichii - Pegleg Butterbush
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Tylecodon wallichii (Pegleg Butterbush) - A small few branched deciduous succulent shrublet 2 to 3 feet tall with a thick gray knobby stem and long narrow cylindrical gray-green leaves crowded at the branch tips with older hardened tuberculate leaf scars called phyllopodia decorating the stems. In early summer while the plant is mostly devoid of leaves appear the clusters of yellow flowers with half inch long tubular bases, flaring petals and exerted stamens at the top of a 1 to 2 foot long stalk - an unusual and showy site. Plant in a well-drained soil and irrigate only occasionally if needed between rain events from fall through early spring and very infrequently or not at all when deciduous late spring through early fall. Has proven hardy to short duration drops to 25F in our garden. Tylecodon wallichii is a plant of the dry succulent Karoo and North Western Cape regions of South Africa north into Namibia, growing naturally in low winter rainfall areas. As a genus Tylecodon was only described in 1978 by South African botanist Hellmut Toelken in his revision of the Crassula family. The name is an anagram (a word formed by rearranging the letters of another word) of Cotyledon, the genus that all Tylecodon plants were previously classified as. As it stands now that are 11 species of Cotyledon and 46 species of Tylecodon which makes it the second largest genus in the Crassulaceae, with only Crassula having more species with 150. The epithet honors the Danish surgeon and botanist Nathaniel Wallich, who was involved in the early development of the Calcutta Botanical Garden and collected widely in Asia and in South Africa.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Tylecodon wallichii.
 
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