Cotyledon tomentosa

The Bear's Paw is native to Africa, has large chunky ovate fuzzy green leaves with prominent "teeth" at tips that give the impression of bear's paws. It forms large orange bell-shaped flowers in spring. In habitat in Africa, Cotyledons usually grow in rocky quartz fields where they have excellent drainage provided by very porous soil. They thrive with bright light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch.

Common Names: Bear's Paw

Height: Grows to about 20cm tall.

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods. They are dormant in summer. Protect from frost to prevent scarring.

Flowers: Produces a orange flowers in spring.

Propagation: By removing and replanting offsets, leaves or stem cuttings.

Care: Very low-maintenance plant in suitable growing conditions. Keep in well-draining soil, and protect from frosty conditions.