Cotyledon woodii, also known as Wood's Cotyledon, is suitable as an interesting succulent shrub for containers or rockeries, with its bold, orange, bird-pollinated flowers. It will grow in full sun to partial shade as a rockery or container plant.
Cotyledon woodii is a much-branched, succulent shrub, up to 1.2 m tall. Erect branches are succulent and green initially, slightly woody with maturity. Light grey-green leaves are flat, hairless and obovate, rarely sticky with glandular hairs. Solitary, orange to red flowers are presented on a terminal, short, inflorescence stalk, from December to April, with sporadic flowering year round. This species is usually found in Valley Bushveld vegetation, in wooded valleys and on rocky outcrops, in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces, from the Swartberg Mountains near Ladismith to the former Transkei. Plants can also be found on quarzitic sandstone on eastern slopes in the Klein Winterhoek Mountains.