Cotyledon orbiculata “Chalk Finger”

  • Cotyledon orbiculata variety oblonga

1 Gallon $6.50

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Cotyledon orbiculata "Chalk Finger"

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Flavida', Cotyledon teretifolia, Hort., C. 'Grey Sticks', Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga
  • Common Names:  
    Finger Aloe, Grey Sticks, Purple Chalk Fingers, Pig's Ear
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  • Origin:  
    South Africa and Swaziland where it is found growing in coastal bluffs and dunes, or in rock crevices in exposed situations of slopes often in low treeless vegetation among grasses
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
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  • Cold Tolerance:  
    20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very heat tolerant
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to light shade
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant but some water during the growing season in spring is beneficial. Note that plants are best watered from below to avoid washing off the attractive white, waxy protective leaf coating.
  • Maintenance:  
    Remove spent flower stalks if desired.
  • Uses:  
    Excellent massed in rock, cactus and succulent gardens or as a low to medium height xeriscape ground cover. Also works well in containers.
  • Propagation:  
    From seed but also easy to increase by cuttings which root freely. It is also possible to plant the leaves in good, sandy soil where they will take root.
  • Problems:  
    Prone to root rot in poor draining soils
  • Special notes:  
    This plant has velvety soft blue green leaves covered with a white chalk dusting. It spreads slowly to form a low shrub or ground cover. In spring it sends up flower spikes which are topped with very pretty orange-red bell shaped flowers. These are very attractive to hummingbirds. The plants are poisonous to humans and domestic animals, especially sheep and goats, and the meat of animals killed by cotyledonosis remains toxic even after cooking. Poisoning may be acute or chronic, the latter due to the cumulative effect of the toxin