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Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga (Finger Aloe)


Scientific Name

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga (Haw.) DC.

Common Names

Finger Aloe


Cotyledon canaliculata, Cotyledon canalifolia, Cotyledon coruscans, Cotyledon crassifolia, Cotyledon cuneiformis, Cotyledon flavida, Cotyledon galpinii, Cotyledon leucophylla, Cotyledon obermeyeriana, Cotyledon oblonga, Cotyledon undulata, Cotyledon virescens, Cotyledon viridis, Cotyledon whitei, Cotyledon zuluensis

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Genus: Cotyledon


Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga branches from ground level, forming large clumps. The leaves are silvery-white to pale grey-green. With its spiky shaped leaves and silver-green color, this Cotyledon lends its texture, shape and color to many garden situations.

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga - Finger Aloe

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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 South Africa (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga and in adjacent areas of the Free State).

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