Saturday, February 2, 2008

BEAR PAW: Cotyledon tomentosa


I found it!!!! I'm so excited. I found the succulent plant called "Bear Paw" and it looks just like a little bear paw; plump, soft and furry, and complete with pointy "nails." I looked all over for a second one for my friend across the street, but couldn't find one. I was so bummed. I found it at Armstrong Nursery in Glendale, CA. Here's their info:

Armstrong Garden Center
5816 San Fernando Road
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 243-4227

http://www.armstronggarden.com/

Ironically, I had no plans of buying anything from them, as their prices are real high, but there is no way I could have passed on him. Oh, and he wasn't labeled real well either. The label info was smeared. I couldn't make it out too well, but the store clerk was sounding out the word "cotyledon" and I exuberantly exclaimed, "That's it! It's a Bear Paw!" I had thought other plants were like it confusing a Kalanchoe for it, but it really is one-of-a-kind, and the plump curved leaves really set it apart.

Okay, well now for some of the official information. I gathered this from The Cactus Center webpage.

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ay)
Genus: Cotyledon (kot-EE-lee-don)
Species: tomentosa (toh-men-TOH-suh) meaning covered in fine, matted hairs.
Common Name: Bear Paw
Min. Temp to: 32°F
Origin: Cape Province (South Africa)

USDA Zone: 10
Exposure: Bright Light

I'm not sure if it blooms or not. It didn't say one way or the other on the website. I'll research it and update this post if it does bloom.

Here's a little write up on it:

"Cotyledon tomentosa, native to Africa, has large chunky ovate fuzzy green leaves with prominent "teeth" at tips that give the impression of bear's paws. Large orange bell-shaped flower in spring. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost."

8 comments:

Julie said...

OH...I can tell by your post how happy you are to have found this plant! I am a big starter of plants by leaves (of succulents anyway). I love this bear paw...it's so darn CUTE!!!!! Now, I feel I must get one too! LOL.

Julie said...

BTW, your gnome got me looking at gnome and fairy miniature gardens last night. I went out thrift shopping today and found my first few peices to try and start a little fairy garden in one of my succulent tires, possibly in a smaller pot. I will post it on my blog, but here is where I went to pique my interest in this type of garden. Your kids might love it.

Donna said...

Awww, I keep finding myself looking at your baby Bear Paws, Kelly. They are so much cuter than mine. They remind me of the little paws of Sun Bears. Too cute! I wanted to tell you last night, that on the High Sierra site, the guy sells 2 different types of Bear Paws. I'm going to try to get us some.

noemi said...

Wow!! they are nice. I bought one myself. These are really cool to look at. I am happy that you found it. Best of luck..

nae boston

Daisy said...

That's really cute plant. I was trying to get one from local store but couldn't find it. I guess I have to order online. What kind of soil mix do you use in that pot or for most of your succulents? Thanks.

Carrie said...

i just found one in the local nursery here in portland, oregon! He was the only one of his kind and was WAY too cute for me not to get. It has one "leaf" that is turning yellow, but i don't know what that means - do you have any experience with it turning yellow?

They also labeled it as Kalanchoe, so i'm glad i found your blog!

Dallas said...

hi i have been gifted a bears paw cutting, i think its beautiful but i have no idea how to care for it can you pleasehelp 'Big D'

Dallas said...

<Hi i was gifted a bears paw plant and i think it is beautiful, however i dont know how to care for it please help, which is the best site to teach me how to care for my bears paw