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Tylecodon nolteei


Scientific Name

Tylecodon nolteei Lavranos

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Tylecodon


Tylecodon nolteei is a dwarf, succulent shrub up to 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall. The stem is olive-green to brownish with smooth, slightly peeling bark. The hairy leaves are orbicular to broadly elliptic, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, up to 0.9 inch (2.2 cm) and green-gray with dark green to reddish translucent spots on the leaf blade. The flowers are creamy to pale pink and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) long.


USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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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.

This succulents 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 cacti 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


Tylecodon nolteei is native to South Africa (North Cape).


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