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Cactus SucculentConservatory Greenhouse

Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. tomentosa
  • RHS AGM

thickly matted haired navel-wort

an evergreen, succulent shrub reaching a height of 70cm. The chunky leaves, up to 3.5cm long, are covered in a down of hairs and have 3-10 prominent dark-red "teeth" at their tips. Small, bell-shaped orange-yellow flowers are borne on short stems in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Crassulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Cotyledon are succulent perennials and shrubs with simple, opposite leaves and nodding, bell-shaped red, orange or yellow flowers borne in compact panicles

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in full light. Provide low humidity. Water freely when in growth and keep just moist at other times. Apply a dilute low nitrogen fertilizer fortnightly during late spring and summer. Keep almost dry in the winter. Stand plants outside during the summer months. See cacti and succulent cultivation for further details

Propagation

Propagate by seed or from leaf cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be affected by mealybugs, aphids and scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease free

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