Cotyledon orbiculata var. flanaganii (Schönl. & Baker f.) Toelken
Cotyledon orbiculata var. flanaganii is a succulent shrub with spreading branches and spirally arranged powdery green to gray leaves. It grows up to 34 inches (75 cm) tall. Branches are rigid and somewhat woody with pale bark and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter. Leaves are arranged in whorls of 3, up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) long, and about 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) in diameter. Flowers are bell-shaped, orange to orange-red, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and droop from the top of up to 9 inches (22.5 cm) tall stalk during summer.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Cotyledons can be divided into two groups. One group consists of evergreen plants with a summer growing period. The other group is made up of deciduous plants, splendidly magnificent with large, solid fleshy stems. The second group grows during the winter and sheds its leaves during the summer.
These succulents require a free-draining gritty mix and plenty of sunlight. They are tolerant of cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. Some require pruning to maintain an attractive shape. Cotyledons should be kept in a sunny position. Follow general succulent watering procedures. Be careful of overwatering when they are deciduous.
As succulents go, Cotyledons certainly are rewarding garden and indoor subjects, practically independent of irrigation in all but full desert conditions. However, they cannot survive poor light or bad drainage in the wet.
Feed it once or twice during the growing season with a fertilizer specifically formulated for cactus and succulents (poor in nitrogen), including all micronutrients and trace elements diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Cotyledon.
This variety is native to South Africa.
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