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COTYLEDON 'Happy Young Lady'

Image of Cotyledon 'Happy Young Lady'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

COTYLEDON 'Happy Young Lady'

Plant Common Name

Cotyledon, Plakkie

General Description

Grown for its handsome succulent foliage and its drought tolerance, this hybrid Cotyledon bears thick, blue-green, spoon-shaped leaves on fleshy stems. The paired leaves have maroon, wedge-shaped tips. The densely branched plants reach approximately knee height.

This succulent does best in well-drained soil and bright light, with protection from scorching midday sun. It prefers cool dry winters. Use it outdoors in mild climates, or as a conservatory or house plant in colder climes. It is ideal for mixed container plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No