Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A. Berger
Plover Eggs Plant
Cotyledon cooperi (basionym), Adromischus cuneatus, Adromischus festivus, Adromischus halesowensis, Adromischus pachylophus, Echeveria cooperi
Adromischus cooperi is a dwarf succulent perennial up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. It is a slow-growing plant that becomes slightly tree-like with age. Branches are densely covered with purple speckled, silvery-green to blue leaves. They are fleshy and narrow at the base, with distinctive wavy ends and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. Flowers are pink on an up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall inflorescence.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Many species are easy to grow in any free-draining, gritty compost. Their compact habit allows a collection to be maintained in a small space and they grow well on any sunny window ledge or the top shelf of the greenhouse. Water mostly from spring to fall and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerates cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealybugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide.
Adromischus can be propagated from a single leaf, which should be placed against the side of the pot so that the stem end is just touching the compost. Some species drop their leaves easily and although each leaf will form a new plant it can be a challenge to grow a large specimen. In other cases, leaves for propagation must be carefully detached with a sharp knife.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adromischus.
Adromischus cooperi is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).
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