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Plant Information

Common Name: PIG'S EAR
Scientific Name: Cotyledon orbiculata
Alternative Names: Inphewula (Xho), Seredile (So/Tswa), Plakkie (Afr).

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Cotyledon orbiculata
Cotyledon orbiculata
Cotyledon orbiculata


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous succulent
  • Flowering in winter from June to August
  • Tuber-shaped orange-red to yellow flowers
  • Good container plant
  • Will tolerate moderate frost

Parts Used

  • Leaves or juice as required

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Apply fleshy part of the leaf to corns and warts to soften and remove them
  • Chew a leaf to expel intestinal worms
  • Warmed leaf juice is used as drops for earache and tooth ache
  • Hot poultice - treat boils, earache or inflammation
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