UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'

kot-EE-lee-don Or-bee-kul-AY-tuh
Common Name
Pig's Ear
Plant Type
Mature Size
3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun, shade
Flower Color
No flowers
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

We love this Cotyledon cultivar with its bright green, red-edged leaves. Many summer-dry plants have small, fine leaves; Cotyledon with its brightly-colored, fleshy leaves adds a much needed PUNCH to the garden. This is especially important during the quiet months in the fall and winter when not much is blooming.

Like many succulents, Cotyledon is easily propagated from cuttings and does well in containers. According to Sunset's Western Garden Book, Cotyledon does better with some protection from the hot afternoon sun. In the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, some of the plants are in full sun and seem to do just fine. Cotyledon also seems more cold tolerant than many of the succulents we have trialed. We have never experienced any frost damage with this Cotyledon.

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