Cotyledon Ladismithiensis which is also known as Bear’s paw. The plant is native to Africa. In its native habitat, the plant grows in rocky fields and on cliffs where the porous soil gives them excellent drainage. It is a rare ceaseless freely branching succulent. The stem is thin, 5-20mm in diameter and 1 meter in height, set loosely, hairy to fuzzy, branching fulsome near ground level and the chunky and fuzzy leaves have 3-10 “teeth” on the tips. In watering this plant, it needs to water regularly since this is a very dry-tolerant plant but avoid overwatering it, just soak and dry. If you’d like to put the plant indoor you need to place it where it can have at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day. Also, when grown as an indoor plant, the specimen will be quite small, but if you are in the right hardiness zones and grow it outdoors, it will form into a shrub.
However, If you like to place it in your garden you will need to find an area where there is no direct sunlight just a cozy and shady place. In shade, the leaves color will remain more green, while in full sun conditions the foliage can develop a pale yellowish tinge. In summer keep cool and provide shelter from direct sun during the hottest hours. It can be sunburned if moved from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly. It tends to get leggy in deep shade. In Winter, you will need to protect it from frost to prevent scarring. It requires a minimum temperature of about 5°C, but will take a light frost and is hardy down to -5° C for short periods if it is in dry soil (Lethal temperature in habitat -6 to -10 ° Celsius). USDA zones 9A – 11. In areas prone to frost, grow in an intermediate greenhouse or conservatory, in pots. if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.
To have a healthy and good looking plant, especially when their active growth period takes place during spring and summer you will need to give them a light balanced all-purpose water-soluble succulent fertilizer at least twice a month which is usually from the month of April to August. When propagating this plant, the best and easiest way is by cuttings. To do this, all you have to do is to cut 15 cm long from the main plant and remove some of the leaves and allow it to harden over for a few days. Then place it in a warm spot where the temperature is between 22 to 27 degrees Centigrade with well-draining soil and wait for the magic to happen. Water whenever the soil feels dry.
Easy Tips to Remember:
- Full sun to partial shade
- Typical water needs for a succulent
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by cuttings, leaves (difficult), and seeds
- Can be mildly toxic to pets and humans
- Summer Dormant
Cotelydon tomentosa subsp. ladismithiensis (poelln.) Toelken
Cotelydon tomentosa subsp. ladismithiensis, ladysmithiensis, Cotelydon ladismithiensis, Cotelydon ladismithensis, Cotelydon heterophylla