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Cliff bells

Cotyledon pendens

Cliff cotyledon (Eng.), Kransklokkies (Afr.)

Cotyledons can be divided into two groups. Group one consists of evergreen plants with a summer growing period. Group two is made up of deciduous plants, with large, solid fleshy stems. This group grows during the winter, and sheds its leaves during the summer. The plants hang in dangling mats or curtains of 60 cm long branched stems from sheer south-facing cliffs. Flowers grow in small clusters of up to four at a stem tip. The bell-shaped flowers petal lobes curl back, exposing the anthers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Propagation

Cuttings
Take cuttings from the stem with a few leaves attached. They root easily!
Seed
Sow seeds in Summer. Space them closely to grow as a mat. Sow 2 - 3mm deep; Germination time is about 3 weeks!

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, cliffs in the Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Sub-tropical and Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Crassulaceae
Flower colour
Orange-red
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free

Companion plants

Aloe reynoldsii, Bulbine thomasiae, Adromischus liebenbergii subsp. orientalis, Albuca batteniana, Ornithogalum longibracteatum, Drimia anomala, Drimia loedolffiae, Haworthia cymbiformis var. setulifera, Crassula cordata, C. intermedia, C. perforata, Cero

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