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Cotyledon orbiculata 'Oophylla' – Lady Fingers


Scientific Name

Cotyledon orbiculata 'Oophylla'

Common Names

Lady Fingers, Round-leafed Navel Wort


Cotyledon orbiculata var. oophyllaCotyledon 'Boegoeberg'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Genus: Cotyledon


Cotyledon orbiculata 'Oophylla' is an attractive succulent up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall, with short leaves which are opposite, velvety, soft, up to 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) thick, somewhat egg-shaped, gray-green and covered with a white chalk dusting. The margins turn a burgundy to purplish hue in full sun. It is a moderately fast growing succulent that spreads into a colony. In winter it sends up flower spikes up to 18 inches (45 cm) long, which are topped with very pretty, orange to orange-red, usually less than 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, bell-shaped to tubular flowers.

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USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.

Cotyledons require a free-draining gritty mix and plenty of sun. 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 over-watering 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, though they cannot survive poor light or bad drainage in the wet… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Cotyledon


Native to Namibia and southwest Africa.


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