Pig’s ears (Cotyle­don or­bic­u­lata)

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These plants have thick suc­cu­lent leaves that can vary in colour from green to sil­ver-grey, some­times with a white coat­ing and a red line around the mar­gin, de­pend­ing on the va­ri­ety.

Their flow­er­ing time varies from win­ter in the sum­mer rain­fall re­gion to mid­sum­mer in win­ter rain­fall ar­eas. Tubu­lar, or­ange-red bell­shaped flow­ers are held in clus­ters on the ends of elon­gated flower stalks and at­tract bees and birds. It makes an at­trac­tive plant in a rock­ery, clus­tered in a sunny, well-drained bor­der or as a pot plant.

Wa­ter­wise plant of the month

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