Monday, December 1, 2014

Plant of the Week Cotyledon Tomentosa

I have a really juicy plant for you this week.  And I bet most of you have it already in your collection.  This week it is Cotyledon Tomentosa.  I just love this chubby little member of the Cotyledon family.  Some people call them bear's claw succulent because they really do look like little bear feet!

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws 3

Aren't they adorable.  Now I have bought quite a few over the years and just love to add them to potting's with other succulents.  They add the greatest shape and texture.  As with a lot of succulents these are native to Africa.

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws 1

They prefer full sun to get their really cool red toes!  This was taken in the hot, hot of summer here in Roseville, CA.  And I am pretty sure these are in the holes of a strawberry pot.  So the dirt dries pretty quickly and these are stressed.  But they still look great!

Oh, here is a little tidbit.  These are dormant in the summer.  That means they don't grow much.  So I usually plant them with cactus so they don't get watered very much.

Cotyledon tomentosa

Now this is the same plant but a leaf found it's way in a pot of tiny opuntia I have growing.  I love it when that kind of thing happens.  Just spontaneous growing somewhere I didn't plant it.  The pot get's just a few hours of our afternoon sun.  So these are not quite as stressed.  Tiny red toes and pretty longer green pads.

Close up of Cotyledon tomentosa

They are so fuzzy!  I love to touch them.  The fuzz doesn't rub off.  They like to be petted.  LOL  And look at those tiny red toes.

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws varigata

This summer I found a varigated tomentosa at the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale.  I was so excited.  As you know varigated varieties of succulents are always a great find.

Cotyledon tomentosa Bear's Paws in pot

I put them in this fish pot with some other rare varieties of succulents.  This plant has pretty five petaled flowers.  I don't have a photo for you but you can find one on the net.

These succulents do not like the cold so make sure you put them in your greenhouse or bring them in the house when freezing.

I am packing up my succulents and getting ready to put them in my gazebo greenhouse.  Click the link to see last year's post.  I ordered a small portable greenhouse that I will be putting between my two greenhouses.  Hopefully I won't have to put many succulents in the garage this year.

Next post is a giveaway!  Woohoo!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Deana Rae said...

Beautiful photos and inspiration!

Julie said...

Such a pretty succulent. Love the chubbiness of it, and hair all over! Just too much fun!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks you guys! I love these guys cause they are so chubby.

Barbara said...

These ones look way prettier than mine. I have them in a north facing window this Canada! Yikes. Unfortunately all my windows face north but that hasn't stopped me from loving succulents. I love the challenge. Thanks for showing me how they could look like come Summer! (I hope they survive to see it)

Rock rose said...

Those really are the sweetest little paws and no I don't have this plant. Love that combination of succulents in the pot.

Jess said...

You know I don't think I have seen these anywhere around or show or market. They are very cute. If I do find one I will have to snap it up!