• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Chiastophyllum oppositifolium

Lamb's tail

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
Lamb's tail

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Lamb's tail

  • Synonyms Chiastophyllum simplicifolia
    Chiastophyllum simplicifolium

    Cotyledon oppositifolia
    Cotyledon simplicifolia

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  • Genus Chiastophyllum is a mat-forming succulent perennial with broad, fleshy leaves and racemes of small bell-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer

  • Family Crassulaceae / Crassulaceae

  • Species C. oppositifolium is a prostrate evergreen perennial to 20cm, with large, fleshy, ovate leaves and branched, arching racemes of small, bright yellow flowers on brownish stems

  • Plant range Caucasus

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)
    Old hardiness ratings

    While we update our systems with the new hardiness ratings you may still see old hardiness ratings in your search results. These are denoted as 'Old'.

    • H1 - Requires heated glass
    • H2 - Requires unheated glass
    • H3 - Hardy outside in some regions of the UK
    • H4 - Hardy throughout the UK
    • H1 + H3 - Requires heated glass but may be grown outside in summer

    For full details of the hardiness ratings see

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    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist but well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil in partial shade

Propagation Propagate by seed or use side shoots for softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Garden Edging Ground Cover City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Can be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases Generally disease free

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