5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Cotyledon tomentosa ssp. ladismithiensis Overview
Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. ladismithiensis is a medium-sized, evergreen, succulent shrub species in the Crassulaceae family. Commonly known as Bear's Paws, this plant produces fleshy, flattened, green leaves with 1-3 red-tipped teeth at the tip, reminiscent of a bears paw, hence the common name. Leaves are covered in short white hairs, creating a velvety texture, they are oppositely arranged on the plant and attach directly to the plant with no leaf stems. Originating from South Africa, this plant occurs in rocky outcrops and shallow soil environments. It is drought and lightly frost tolerant, suitable for rockeries and water-wise gardens. From spring-summer it produces attractive cup-shaped, orange flowers on stems above the foliage, they are pendulous, measure roughly 1.5cm in length and develop a red colouration with age. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, it grows best in slightly sandy soil.
Common problems with Cotyledon tomentosa ssp. ladismithiensis
Can suffer from fungal diseases.
How to propagate Cotyledon tomentosa ssp. ladismithiensis
Leaves or stems can be used for cuttings. Leave the cuttings to dry out for a few days to form a callus. Plant the ends of the cuttings into gritty, free draining, potting mix to root.