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Tylecodon buchholzianus


Scientific Name

Tylecodon buchholzianus (Schuldt & P.Stephan) Toelken


Cotyledon buchholziana (basionym)

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Tylecodon


Tylecodon buchholzianus is a shrubby succulent, reaching a height of up to 12 inches (30 cm). It is a winter, slow-growing plant, dormant during the summer. The stem is a swollen and thickened caudex with a diameter up to 12 inches (30 cm) and many elongate whitish or grey branches. In the spring arise almost cylindrical green leaves, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, but the photosynthesis may be granted also by microscopic leaflets on the stem. Flowers are pale pink, have recurved lobes and emerge from tubes on short petioles. Flowering period extends from January to late spring.

Tylecodon buchholzianus

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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. Feed it once or twice during the growing season with a fertilizer specifically formulated for cactus and succulents (poor in nitrogen), including all micro nutrients and trace elements diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Cotyledon.


Native to Namaqualand in South Africa and Namibia.


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