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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Pig's Ears

Afrikaans name: Varkoorblare

Pig's Ears

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cotyledon orbiculata

The name Pig's Ears comes from the shape and thickness of the leaves.

It grows to a height of around 1 metre, although most of this height is made up from the flower stalks.

The flowers are pinkish-red in colour and are borne on long stalks. The flowers themselves are around 20 to 40 mm in length and hang down.

The Pig's Ears plant is distributed over most of South Africa in sandy or stony areas.

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References and further reading

Country Life - Issue 209 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 8

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 392

What Succulent is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 13

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