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Cliff Cotyledon

Cotyledon pendens

Also known as

Cliff Bells, Kransplakkie, Kransklokkies (Afr.)

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cliff Cotyledon Overview

Cotyledon pendens is a succulent perennial plant from the Crassulaceae family, originating from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. 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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Common problems with Cliff Cotyledon

Problem free

    Cliff Cotyledon 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

    How to propagate Cliff Cotyledon


    Take cuttings from the stem with a few leaves attached. They root easily!


    Sow seeds in Summer. Space them closely to grow as a mat. Sow 2 - 3mm deep; Germination time is about 3 weeks!

    Special features of Cliff Cotyledon

    Attracts birds

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Indoor plant