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Uncarina peltata, Harpagophytum peltatum, Uncarina

Uncarina peltata, Harpagophytum peltatum

Family: Pedaliaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapCaudexCan be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This very rare unusual succulent from Madagascar has spectacular yellow flowers with black centers and soft velvet leaves, pleasant to touch. Uncarina peltata is quite rare and not the easiest subject. Grows in well-drained soil, and unlike many succulents, prefers lots of water along with full sun. Forms large caudex.

The plant goes dormant in winter and stays leafless during dormancy.

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