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Products > Cotyledon orbiculata 'Winter Fire'
 
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Winter Fire' - Winter Fire Pig's Ear
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Winter Fire' - (Winter Fire Pig's Ear) - An compact small evergreen, branching succulent to 2 feet tall with 2 to 3 inch long fleshy broadly lanceolate leaves that are a dark gray-green with edges lined with red. Orange bell-shaped flowers dangle from flower stalks that rise above the foliage in the summer. We received this form from landscape designer Dan Tyson who gave us the name 'Winter Fire', but we have yet to find it described anywhere. Best in full coastal sun or light shade with occasional summer watering. Hardy to 25-30 degrees. This plant is great as a container or dry growing landscape plant. Although there has not been a recorded incident of this species 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 meat of animals killed by cotyledonosis also remains toxic. 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 cultivar name presumably comes from the red margins of the leaves.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Cotyledon orbiculata 'Winter Fire'.
 
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