Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Waves’


Cotyledon orbiculata 'Silver Waves'
Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Waves’

Easy to grow, fast growing and attractive foliage Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Waves’ is a stand out succulent for the winter garden.

The silvery grey to white foliage adds colour and the flower spike that rise above in winter with pendulous orange flowers are a real bonus.

This is a selected form of the species, which varies in itself.


Best in a container in cooler zones, or in a rock garden in warmer climates. Cotyledon orbiculata ‘Silver Waves’ requires excellent drainage and will grow well in full sun, in warmer areas a period of part shade will work as well.

Cotyledon orbiculata - Flower
Cotyledon orbiculata – Flower
  • Soil – Free draining cactus and succulent soil.
  • Light – Full sun to a little afternoon shade.
  • Watering – Water when the soil begins to dry out.
  • Height – To around 90cm tall (36 inches) usually smaller.
  • pH – Neutral to slightly acidic.

The only problems you will have is with over watering, frosts or slugs and snails.

Growing outdoors look to USDA zones 9 -11.


Propagation is easy from offsets. Also possible from seed

Popular varieties worth looking for include :

  • Cotyledon orbiculata var oophylla
  • Cotyledon orbiculata var. undulata
  • Cotyledon papillari
  • Cotyledon pendens