Cotyledon orbiculata

Water Needs

low; drought-hardy

Cotyledon orbiculata
Pig's Ear

40 cm; varieties based on differences in leaf and flower shape. Size also differs


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade


Moderate to hardy


Peach to red. Mostly in winter from June to August; winter

Garden Situation

Sun, semi-shade; rockery; walls; dry soils; sandy soils; clay soils; slope bank; wildlife bees insects butterflies butterfly host; narrow spaces;


rocky places; grassland; hot & dry; fynbos; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; urban streets


thicket; western cape; succulent karoo

Rain Season

Summer, winter

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Rounded, bright green or grey leaves show off the gorgeous shades of peach to orange and even pale pink of the drooping umbels. Flower tips recurve and leaf margins often tipped with red. Colours influenced by growing environment. Flowering June to August, often midsummer in W. Cape. Widespread through Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape, often in rocky areas.

Cotyledon orbiculata
Cotyledon orbiculata