Cotyledon orbiculata


An evergreen, branching succulent with fleshy round leaves about the size of a silver dollar. As with the species the edges of the leaf are lined with red. Orange bell-shaped flowers dangle from flower stalks that rise above the foliage in the summer.

Medicinal: The fleshy part of the leaf is applied to warts and corns to soften and remove them. A single leaf is eaten as a vermifuge (expels intestinal worms). The leaf juice is warmed and used as drops for earache and toothache. A hot poultice is used to treat boils, earache or inflammation. The juice has also been used as a treatment for epilepsy

Synonyms: Cotyledon orbiculata -v- hinrichseniana
Cotyledon orbiculata subsp. orbiculata
Cotyledon orbiculata -v- oophylla
Cotyledon ungulata
Adromischus mucronatus

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Partial shade to sun
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer, drier in winter
Speed of Growth: 
Slow to moderate
Mature Height: 
Mature Width: 
Latin Name: 
Cotyledon orbiculata
Common Name: 
Pigs Ear

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RoboCop (1987)
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Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

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Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

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Houston, TX Rodeo

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