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Cliff Cotyledon

Cotyledon pendens

Also known as

Cliff Bells, Kransplakkie, Kransklokkies (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Cliff Cotyledon

A flowering branch of Cotyledon pendens
Cotyledon pendens in cultivation at Kirstenbosch NBG
Close-up of the leaves of Cotyledon pendens
Cotyledon pendens in cultivation at Kirstenbosch
A photo of Cliff Cotyledon

Cliff Cotyledon Overview

Cotyledon pendens is a succulent perennial plant from the Crassulaceae family, originating from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Cotyledons can be divided into two groups. Group one consists of evergreen plants with a summer growing period. Group two is made up of deciduous plants, with large, solid fleshy stems. This group grows during the winter, and sheds its leaves during the summer. The plants hang in dangling mats or curtains of 60 cm long branched stems from sheer south-facing cliffs. Flowers grow in small clusters of up to four at a stem tip. The bell-shaped flowers petal lobes curl back, exposing the anthers. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Common problems with Cliff Cotyledon

Problem free

    Cliff Cotyledon Companion Plants

    Aloe reynoldsii, Bulbine thomasiae, Adromischus liebenbergii subsp. orientalis, Albuca batteniana, Ornithogalum longibracteatum, Drimia anomala, Drimia loedolffiae, Haworthia cymbiformis var. setulifera, Crassula cordata, C. intermedia, C. perforata, Cero

    How to propagate Cliff Cotyledon

    Cuttings

    Take cuttings from the stem with a few leaves attached. They root easily!

    Seed

    Sow seeds in Summer. Space them closely to grow as a mat. Sow 2 - 3mm deep; Germination time is about 3 weeks!

    Special features of Cliff Cotyledon

    Attracts birds

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Indoor plant