Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'
Green Pig's Ear, Pig's Ear, Paddle Plant
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Macrantha', Cotyledon orbiculata var. macrantha, Cotyledon 'Macrantha', Cotyledon macrantha, Cotyledon macrantha 'Rubromarginata'
Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha' is a succulent shrub with fleshy green paddle-shaped leaves adorned with a thin red line around their edges. It grows up to 3 feet tall. Attractive when not blooming, it is particularly striking in late winter to early spring when a long stem arises from its center, bearing clusters of showy coral red bell-shaped flowers.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Cotyledons can be divided into 2 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Cotyledon.
This succulent is a cultivar of Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga.
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