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10 July 2012

Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) in flower

A few years ago I found in the street a thick succulent leaf of this plant and stuck it into a free flower pot, although I didn't know at the time what it was. It grew into a beautiful small bush that rewards us with dainty flowers every year.

Cotyledon orbiculata, commonly known as Pig's Ear or Round-leafed Navel-wort, is a succulent plant belonging to the Cotyledon genus. It grows to approximately 1.3 m (4.3 ft) in height. Its gray-green leaves have a white powdery substance on them that helps reflect sunlight and conserve water. The shape of the leaves looks like a pig's ear, hence the common name. Cotyledon orbiculata is native to South Africa; in the wild, it grows naturally in rocky outcrops in grassy shrubland and the Karoo region.

Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) plant
Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) plant
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Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) leaves
Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) leaves.
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Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) flowers cluster
Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) flowers cluster
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Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) flower close-up
Cotyledon orbiculata (Pigs ear) flower close-up
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2 comments:

  1. Although I've seen lots of succulent plants, this is one that I've never seen before, and it is amazing. Now I'm going to have to see if it can be found anywhere around here!
    By the way, I love that last shot.

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    1. Glad you liked it. I'm surprised someone so widely travelled as you has never come across this plant before. Curiously no-one around me has it either, and I've never seen it on sale. BTW, the plant is quite hardy, so it can't be all that rare.

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