Cyanotis beddomei (Hook.f.) Erhardt, Götz & Seybold
Teddy Bear Vine, Teddchysar Plant
Erythrotis beddomei, Cyanotis kewensis, Tonningia kewensis
Cyanotis beddomei is a creeping succulent-like plant with stems covered with soft brownish hair and fleshy, lance-shaped, olive green leaves, red beneath and felted with white hairs. The leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Leaf margins are reddish-purple, entire, and hairy. Leaves are arranged in 2 files along the stem. They have up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long sheaths that cover most of the stem. The small flowers are pinkish-purple and appear in clusters in summer.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Grow Pussy Ears in a bright spot for the happiest plant. It likes high light but tolerates medium light. When Pussy Ears doesn't get enough light, it can get leggy, with long stems between the leaves.
If your plant grows too large or becomes too leggy, you can prune Pussy Ears without hurting it. Cut it back at any time of year. By cutting it back, you'll encourage Pussy Ears to become a fuller or bushier plant.
Water Pussy Ears when the top inch (2.5 cm) or so of the potting mix is dry. Take care not to let the potting mix stay wet or soggy for extended periods. If the roots stay too wet, this plant can rot.
If you wish to fertilize your Pussy Ears plant, you can do so in spring and summer. Let the plant rest during the cooler, darker months of autumn and winter. You can use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Just be sure to follow the directions on the product packaging. Brands formulate their fertilizers differently, so application rates and frequencies vary.
This species is native to South Africa.
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