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  • Striking Fuzzy, Green Leaves
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 20 inches

Cotyledon tomentosa is a succulent evergreen shrub, and part of the Crassulaceae family. It is native to South Africa. It features unique, fuzzy-green, oval leaves in the shape of bear paws with distinctive red ‘teeth’ at the end of each leaf. It is also known as Kitten Paw Plant and Woolly Cotyledon. In the spring, it produces lovely yellow, orange or red bell-shaped flowers. This is a unique plant that adds loads of visual interest and form to any space. 

Best Locations For Growing Bear's Paw Succulent

Place your Bear Paw near a window that provides indirect bright light. Be mindful to put it in an area away from pets as it can be toxic to animals. It prefers dry air and doesn’t require additional humidity.

Bear Paw Succulent Sunlight Requirements

Bear Paw thrives in bright light with ample airflow. Place it near a south-facing window where it can receive at least 6 or more hours of indirect sunlight per day.  

Bear's Paw Succulent Care

The plant is easy to care for, but its leaves are delicate, so handle it gently. Plant Bear Paw in well-draining potting soil in a pot with adequate drainage holes. You can use a potting mix formulated for succulents or cacti, or add coarse sand or perlite to your preferred potting mix. Propagation is easiest by taking cuttings. Take a 5” clipping and set it out to callus. Repot in a well-draining cactus or succulent mix and place it in bright indirect light. 

Watering Bear's Paw Succulent

Allow the top 1-2” of soil to dry before watering. Be mindful not to overwater; a damp Bear Paw succulent may be susceptible to fungal diseases, so be sure to provide proper drainage holes and adequate airflow. Water the soil, not the succulent leaves. 

Feeding Bear's Paw Succulent

During their spring and summer growing seasons, give Bear Paw a light feeding of a balanced, all-purpose, water-soluble succulent fertilizer.

Bear's Paw Succulent Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 20 inches
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, Red, White
Flower Shade/Description: Miniature Light Pink, Red, or Cream
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Velvety Green
Temperature: 68° - 82°F (20° - 28°C)
Humidity: Likes Dry Air
Common Name: Bear's Paw Succulent
Other Name(s): Bear Paw Succulent
Scientific Name: Cotyledon tomentosa
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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