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Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge

Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge
Chinese dunce caps
Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge

Synonym(s) Orostachys iwarenge
Common name Chinese dunce caps
Family crassulaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers orange
Size 3-4"
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Succulent, suitable for rock gardens and troughs. Rather like a sedum in appearance, but with cute little extra appendages in its cabbage-head of leaves. When I grew some from seed several years ago, they lived into their second year, although they stayed quite small (photo at right). Unfortunately, they didn't reappear for a third year. Several years later, I purchased a mature plant at a nursery; this one was more robust, and has thus far survived several years in the open rock garden. The photo above left was taken in late September, as buds are starting to form; the one above right is from mid-October, when the closely packed tiny blooms give the stalks a soft and fuzzy appearance.

Chinese dunce caps
Close-up of the flowers
Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge
Throwing out new growth chaotically in all directions in May

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (~25%G, 5-12d)

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