Also known as
Cotyledon, Plakkie, Platjies, Varkoorblare, Varkoor, Kouterie (Afr.), Imphewula (isiXhosa), Ipewula (isiZulu)
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Pig's Ears Overview
Cotyledon orbiculata is a low growing succulent plant from the Crassulaceae family. It produces rounded grey-green leaves with a red margin. Flowers are bell shaped and orange-red in colour. Flowering mainly from winter to springtime, but can flower throughout the year. A great pot plant as it is drought resistant and can tolerate light shade for part of the day. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Pig's Ears
Snout beetles can nibble holes in leaves. Slugs and snails can damage leaves.
Pig's Ears Companion Plants
Other succulents; like crassulas.
How to harvest Pig's Ears
Not harvested, pick as needed for medicinal purposes.
How to propagate Pig's Ears
Sow seed in autumn as winter rain season starts.
Take cuttings from a few leaves attached to a stem and replant the stem in well-draining sand mix.
Special features of Pig's Ears
Attracts useful insects
Bees are at tot eh flowers.
Can go for extended periods without water.
Grow well in pots.
Other uses of Pig's Ears
Ornamental, container, indoors, greenhouse
This is a well-known medicinal plant. The fleshy part of the leaf is applied by many South Africans to soften and remove hard corns and warts. In the Willowmore District, the heated leaf is used as a poultice for boils and other accessible inflammations, earache in particular .
An excellent addition to rockeries and dry flower beds.