Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge - Chinese Dunce Cap [limited]

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Chinese Dunce Cap (Orostachys malacophylla var. iwarenge) (Makino): Has the delicate, pastel look of a soft succulent but can grow outdoors year-round in zones 6+. It grows as clustering, lavender grey rosettes and tolerates hard frosts by senescing completely aboveground and re-sprouting in spring. This variety is native to Japan.

The name of this plant references the tall, conical shape of its fall bloom stalks, which produce small, yellow to white flowers and can reach 6.0" tall. Contrary to its name, it originated in dry, mountainous regions of Japan, not China. Chinese Dunce Cap produces lots of offsets on long stolons and grows well as a spreading ground cover or spilling out of containers. They are monocarpic, meaning that each rosette can only bloom once in its life, but their prolific offsets will live on.

For dense, healthy growth, Dunce Caps need great drainage, full sun, and cool nights. They are drought-tolerant and should only be watered during the growing season. Give a deep watering then allow the soil to fully dry before re-watering.

PLEASE NOTE: Orostachys experiences aboveground die-back during winter dormancy (November to March), but typically re-emerges by mid-May in most climates.

Color - Primary

Grey / Silver

Color - Secondary

Blue / Blue-green

Bloom Color

Yellow Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 6 (-10F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Full Sun

Maximum Height


Maximum Rosette Size

Under 3"

Growth Habit / Shape


Growth Habit / Shape

Low Growing / Creeping

Growth Habit / Shape

Hanging / Trailing


Winter Dormant Full

Product Format

2.0" Pot

Special Characteristic

Lots of Offsets

Special Characteristic

Easy to Propagate

Special Characteristic

Pet Safe

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