ISI 2007-16. Cotyledon eliseae van Jaarsveld

Described in 1997 (Bradleya 15: 65-68) this species nevertheless made its way into cultivation some time before that. We acquired our clone from Gil Tegelberg Jr. in 1992, though we don’t know its earlier provenance. The plant has proven to be the most floriferous and satisfying cotyledon in our collection with its showy, long-lasting red flowers and rich green foliage on compact shrublets. It survived in our shade house unscathed during the recent drop to 26°F. The species is known only from the Schoemanspoort area of the Gouritz River valley, W. Cape, S. Africa. Rooted cuts of HBG 72614. $7.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 79 (2), March - April, 2007