Cotyledon tomentosa Harv.
Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. tomentosa
Cotyledon tomentosa is a small, densely branched succulent shrub with branches that bear green to gray-green hairy leaves with 3 to 10 reddish to dark red teeth arranged in a neat row. It grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. Leaves are thick, fleshy, up to 2.6 inches (6.5 cm) long and 1.3 inches (3.2 cm) wide. The bell-shaped flowers are light yellow, orange to orange-red, or pinkish and appear in spring.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Bear's Paw grows in bright, shaded areas where it rarely receives direct sunlight. Outdoors, plant it in slightly sandy, well-drained soil where water does not collect after rain or irrigation. Potted plants require a container with at least one bottom drainage hole. When planting Bear's Paw in containers, select pots only slightly larger than the root system.
Regular deep watering in the summer months, when the plant is actively growing, keeps the Bear's Paw healthy. Water garden plants deeply once weekly when there is no rainfall, supplying about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Potted plants require watering when the soil has almost completely dried. Fully drench the soil until the water drains from the bottom hole in the pot, and empty the collected water after the pot finishes draining. Bear's Paw only requires enough water in winter, so the soil does not dry completely, and the plants do not shrivel.
Light fertilization twice monthly is only necessary during the active summer growing season. An all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer, such as a 24-8-16 blend, works well for succulent plants.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Bear's Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa).
This species is native to South Africa (Cape Province).
Subspecies and Forms
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