Adromischus festivus (Plover Eggs Plant)

Adromischus festivus (Plover Eggs Plant)

Scientific Name

Adromischus festivus C.A.Sm.

Scientific Name

Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A. Berger

Common Names

Plover Eggs Plant, Club Adromischus

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Kalanchoeae
Genus: Adromischus


Adromischus festivus is listed as a form of Adromischus cooperi. It is an attractive succulent, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, with a short stem and grey oval leaves with dark purple spots on the upper part. The main differences between this form and A. cooperi lie in the leaf formation and the inflorescence. In A. festivus, the broadest part of the leaves is below the center. Leaves are distinctly petiolate near the base. The corolla is green or brownish-green. cooperi, the broadest part of the leaves is above the center, near the top. At the base, they are not, or only very indistinctly petiolate. The corolla is wine-red, and the lobes, on the upper face, are beset with small papillae, particularly on the basal part.


USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Many species are easy to grow in any free-draining, gritty compost. Their compact habit allows a collection to be maintained in a small space, and they grow well on any sunny window ledge or the top shelf of the greenhouse. Water mostly from spring to fall and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerates cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealybugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide.

Adromischus can be propagated from a single leaf, which should be placed against the side of the pot so that the stem end is just touching the compost. Some species drop their leaves easily, and although each leaf will form a new plant, it can be a challenge to grow a large specimen. In other cases, leaves for propagation must be carefully detached with a sharp knife.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adromischus.


Adromischus cooperi is native to South Africa (near Graaff Reinet, on slopes of the rocky hill).


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Adromischus Species, Plover Eggs

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Adromischus (ad-roh-MIS-kus) (Info)
Species: cooperi (koo-PER-ee) (Info)
Synonym:Adromischus cooperi var. immaculata
Synonym:Adromischus cuneatus
Synonym:Adromischus festivus


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Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Nov 21, 2015, Yiwei from Singapore,
Singapore wrote:

My Plover Eggs Plant leaves are showing signs of wrinkle..
Is that a sign that I am over-watering?

On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- I am not entirely sure my plants are Adromischus cooperi -- the parent was sold to me as A. bolusii which is part of A. caryophyllaceus. However mine don't look like caryophyllaceus, more like cooperi. This is the first winter for this species in the ground in my garden and it has so far survived several days of frost with a low of 26F, although with a cover of fallen deciduous leaves. I tried A. cooperi before in light shade and it did not survive. These new plants are in a moderate level of filtered shade.

On Oct 24, 2008, BlissfulGarden from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

South African native (Eastern Cape, Noorsveld) Dwarf succulent, forms shrublets with cylindrical tapered silvery-green leaves 1 to 2 inches long marbled with purple spots. Great window sill plant up to 3 inches tall. Let the soil dry between soaking in the wild it receives rain mostly in spring and fall. Can be propagated by leaf cuttings or seeds. Protect from frost.

On Mar 29, 2008, Neuling from Carrollton, TX wrote:

I have managed to get three leaves to root and produce small plants for me. It is not the fastest at growing from a leaf, but it is certainly rewarding nonetheless.

I've noticed the spots becoming darker in sunlight and for the most part it requires very little care.

An excellent plant for those who are absentminded of plants.

On Feb 7, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. It can have a striped variegation on some leaves if the light it receives is "just right". The tips of the leaves can be slightly indented.

Note: Adromischus seeds are very small and seed propagation is rarely used. It is easily propagated by leaf cuttings. Twist off a leaf and permit it to dry out a couple of days, lay it on the soil and insert the stem end partially into the soil. The original leaf should not be removed until it has dried up. Try to keep the leaf somewhat upright so that the roots are able to grow downward. If grown in a container, bottom watering by immersing the container is recommended.

On Jan 10, 2005, salvia_lover from Modi'in,
Israel wrote:

Adromischus festivus (Plover Eggs Plant) - garden

Accepted Scientific Name: Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger
Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2 [Engler & Prantl] 18a: 416 1930. Engl. & Prantl

Origin and Habitat: South Africa (High up on mountains in the Eastern Cape, Noorsveld)

Description: Adromischus festivus is a dwarf succulent, up to 7 cm tall, leaves 2.5 to 5 cm long. Form groups of stems.
Stem: Knobbly, stout very short, prostrate, with sparse branching. Older plants develop a massive caudex or large swollen area near the ground. Stems lacks root-hairs (unlike Adromischus cristatus)
Roots: Fibrous roots
Leaves: Fat, glabrous, small semi cylindrical, more or less mottled with dark green to red based on the exhibition of the plant to the light. Juvenile leaves can be broad with a long margin.
Flowers: Very small, sessile, white-cream or pinkish with violet tones, dusty looking, on a 25-60cm tall inflorescence.
Fruit: Fruit a dry many seeded follicle.
Remarks: Adromischus festivus and the related Adromischus cooperi are so much confused that a considerable amount of Journal space was given up to discussions about them.

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Adromischus cooperi group

  • Adromischus cooperi" href='/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/27468/Adromischus_cooperi'> Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger : has silver-grey leaves elegantly spotted with rich dark purple with a distal white, slightly wavy horny leaf margins. Distribution: Soutvlei in the Zuur Mountains, E. Cape
  • Adromischus festivus" href='/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/139/Adromischus_festivus'> Adromischus festivus C.A.Sm. : leaves small semi cylindrical, more or less mottled with red. Juvenile leaves can be broad with a long margin. Distribution: Noorsveld, Eastern Cape.

Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) John Pilbeam, Chris Rodgerson, Derek Tribble “Adromischus” Cirio Publishing Services Ltd, 1998
2) Hermann Jacobsen “Abromeitiella to Euphorbia” Blandford Press, 1960
3) Christopher Brickell "RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers” Dorling Kindersley Ltd, 01/Sep/2010
4) Ernst Van Jaarsveld, Ben-Erik Van Wyk, Gideon Smith “Succulents of South Africa: A Guide to the Regional Diversity” Tafelberg Publishers, Limited, 01/Jul/2000
5) Hermann Jacobsen “A handbook of succulent plants: descriptions, synonyms, and cultural details for succulents other than Cactaceae” Volume 1 Blandford Press, 1960
6) Dr J.P. Roux “Flora of South Africa” 2003
7) Doreen Court “Succulent Flora of Southern Africa” CRC Press, 01/giu/2000
8) Hermann Jacobsen “A handbook of succulent plants: descriptions, synonyms, and cultural details for succulents other than Cactaceae” Volume 1 Blandford Press, 1960
9) Urs Eggli “Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassulaceae” Springer for Science, 01/Jan/2003
10) James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey “The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass” Cambridge University Press, 11/Aug/2011

Adromischus festivus Photo by: Cactus Art
Adromischus festivus Photo by: Cactus Art
Adromischus festivus Photo by: Cactus Art
Adromischus festivus Photo by: Cactus Art

Plants→Adromischus→Plover Eggs Plant (Adromischus cooperi)

Botanical names:
Adromischus cooperi Accepted
Adromischus cuneatus Synonym
Adromischus festivus Synonym
Adromischus halesowensis Synonym
Adromischus pachylophus Synonym
Cotyledon cooperi Synonym
Cotyledon cooperi var. immaculata Synonym
Echeveria cooperi Synonym
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences:Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height :3 to 4 inches
Flower Color:Red
Other: Salmon-red
Flower Time:Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Uses:Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant:Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods:Division
Containers:Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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