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Cotyledon tomentosa f. variegata (Variegated Bear's Paws)


Scientific Name

Cotyledon tomentosa f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

Cotyledon tomentosa Harv.

Common Names

Variegated Bear's Paws


Cotyledon tomentosa 'Variegata', Cotyledon tomentosa var. variegata

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Genus: Cotyledon


Cotyledon tomentosa f. variegata is a succulent shrublet with densely branched stems. It grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. Leaves are bright green, variegated irregularly with yellowish to cream-colored stripes or blotches. They are flat, hairy, arranged in a neat row, up to 1.5 inches (3.5 cm) long, and with 3 to 10, often reddish teeth. The bell-shaped flowers are light yellow, orange to orange-red, or pinkish.


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 had 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. See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Bear's Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa).


Cotyledon tomentosa f. variegata is a variegated form of Cotyledon tomentosa.


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