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Kalanchoe tomentosa (Panda Plant)


Scientific Name

Kalanchoe tomentosa Baker

Common Names

Panda Plant, Panda Bear Plant, Pussy Ears, Plush Plant

Scientific Classification

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


Kalanchoe tomentosa is a beautiful succulent shrub, up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, with erect, basally woody stems and fleshy furry leaves. The leaves are green with brown spots on margins and at tips, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Flowers are small, green, yellow-brown to purple, and appear in summer atop long stalks.


USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Locate the indoor Panda Plant in medium to bright light. As with most succulents, the soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. In fact, watering is a limited part of Panda Plant care. When you do water, do so completely while giving the plant the infrequent drink.

You will find humidity is not an issue when learning how to grow a Panda Plant successfully. The average room provides enough humidity for this easy-care, furry plant. The indoor Panda Plant can live for many years in these conditions.

Move it outside during spring and summer, if desired, but provide protection from the hot afternoon sun. Fertilize during these months with a balanced houseplant food mixed at half strength as a part of Panda Plant care.

When you are growing Panda Plants, you will likely find more areas in the home that would benefit from one of these plants.

Propagation of the Panda Plant is easy and an inexpensive way to get more of the plants. Root leaves of the plant in spring or summer in sandy potting soil or a perlite mixture.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa).


Kalanchoe tomentosa is native to Madagascar.



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