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Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'

Pig's Ear, Green Pig's Ear, Paddle Plant, Cotyledon macrantha


Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha' is an evergreen, succulent shrub with fleshy, rounded, paddle-shaped, green leaves adorned with a thin red-wine line around their edges. Attractive when not blooming, Cotyledon orbiculata is particularly striking in late winter to early spring when a 2 ft. stem (60 cm), arises from its center, bearing clusters of showy, coral-red, bell-shaped flowers.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). This plant spreads by offsets.
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Provide low humidity. Water freely when in growth and keep just moist at other times. Drought tolerant.
  • Protect from ants that colonize the plant with aphids. Watch for mealybugs and vine weevil.
  • Excellent for coastal gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Perfect for containers where spectacular floral arrangements can be created.
  • Native to South Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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