Spiny Pennywort (Orostachys spinosa) in the Orostachys Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Orostachys spinosa Accepted
Sempervivum cuspidatum Synonym
Orostachys kanboensis Synonym
Cotyledon erubescens Synonym
Cotyledon spinosa Synonym
Cotyledon spinosa var. polystachya Synonym
Orostachys erubescens Synonym
Crassula spinosa Synonym
Umbilicus erubescens Synonym
Umbilicus spinosus Synonym
Orostachys filifera Synonym
Orostachys minuta Synonym
Sedum spinosum Synonym
Orostachys chlorantha Synonym
Cotyledon minuta Synonym
Cotyledon filifera Synonym

Also sold as:
Orostachys spinosus
Orostachys spinosum

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 4 inches to 6 inches
Plant Spread: 3 inches to 4 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Suitable for miniature gardens
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic


Photo gallery:
Date: 2015-05-03
By turini
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 08/2013
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Location: Cowell's garden centre, Newcastle UKDate: 2019-09-04
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr alpine house, YorkshireDate: 2019-09-30
By kniphofia
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Date: 2015-07-13crested
By turini
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Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.Date: 2013-09-14
By growitall
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-05-18
By Patty
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Location: Tabby's GardenDate: 2012-04-06
By tabby
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Confused by eclayne Dec 2, 2012 11:07 PM 3
Orostachys spinosa by valleylynn Apr 18, 2016 10:20 AM 2
Orostachys spinosa by valleylynn May 3, 2015 7:15 PM 0
Cubiformis + strange looking succulents by BrendanCS Apr 14, 2019 1:21 PM 46
Harvesting chicks, how early is too early? by AntMan01 May 17, 2020 2:40 PM 162
Sempervivum Chat & photos 2018 by CDsSister Apr 10, 2019 5:14 PM 3,385
Not sure if this is the right place Orostachys by GregC Jan 2, 2018 8:49 PM 19
Kevin Vaughn Hybridizing Clinic April 27-29, 2018 by valleylynn Nov 6, 2018 12:06 PM 727
Sempervivum and Jovibarba chat & photos 2016 by valleylynn Jan 1, 2017 4:14 PM 3,366
New to Forum and Looking to Trade by tiba73 Nov 19, 2015 11:31 AM 5
Browsing by genus: crassula by Justin Feb 17, 2014 10:49 PM 2
Sempervivum & Jovibarba chat & photos 2014 by springcolor Jan 2, 2015 2:46 PM 3,044
My self-gift for Xmas :) by fixpix Jan 10, 2014 7:17 AM 12

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