Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata
Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata

Introducing the variegated bear paw or bear claw succulent, known as the Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata, a vibrant member of the Cotyledon ladismithiensis family. The Bear paw succulent plant's leaves resemble bear paw pads, with a claw-like shape and fuzzy texture. Variegation, a pattern of different colors on the fragile leaves, further enhances the paw-like appearance. 

This rare evergreen variegated bears paw succulents, with its thick, fleshy leaves that are covered in soft, velvety hairs, gives it a cozy and cuddly appearance. The leaves are typically green with splashes of cream or yellow variegation and a red tooth-like formation on the edge, adding to its charm. Native to South Africa, this slow-growing dense mat-forming plant, can grow up to 12 inches tall. 

The flowers of the variegated bear paw succulent are tubular and bell-shaped on long stalks, during the spring. The flowers can vary in color, ranging from shades of yellow to orange or even red. 

You can propagate the Bear Paw succulent through stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Simply take a healthy stem or leaf, allow it to callus for a few days, and then place it in well-draining soil. With proper care and the right conditions, these cuttings can grow healthy new plants. 

Additionally, the Variegated Bear Paw is mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested. 

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, the Variegated Bear Paw is adapted to survive in arid conditions. When watering, make sure to give your Cotyledon succulents a thorough soak. Water until it starts to drain out from the bottom of the pot. This ensures that the roots are properly hydrated. Avoid overwatering by providing a moderate amount of water. The goal is to moisten the soil without leaving it soggy. Overwatering can cause root rot and other issues. To prevent this, let the soil dry completely between waterings, and if it feels dry, water accordingly. 

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, the Bear's Paw succulent may require more frequent watering due to increased growth. While, in the fall and winter, during the dormant period, the plant's water needs decrease. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to observe your soft succulents and adjust your watering routine based on its specific needs. Factors like pot size, humidity, and temperature can influence watering frequency. With a little practice and attention, you'll find the right balance to keep your Variegated Bear Paw thriving. 

Light Requirements 

When growing indoors, this Bear Paw plant thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a window that receives bright, filtered sunlight for a good portion of the day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours, as this can scorch the leaves. If you notice the leaves stretching or becoming leggy, it might be an indication that it needs more light. You can consider using a grow light to supplement the natural light if needed. 

When grown outdoors, the Bear Paw succulent prefers bright, indirect light or partial shade for at least 4-6 hours a day. It can tolerate some direct morning or late afternoon sun, but it's best to protect it from intense midday sunlight, especially in hotter climates. If you live in a region with harsh, scorching summers, providing some shade during the hottest part of the day can help prevent leaf burn and stress. 

Remember, it's essential to acclimate your Bear Paw succulents gradually to outdoor conditions if you plan to transition from indoors. Start by placing it in a shaded spot and gradually exposing it to more sunlight over a few weeks to avoid sunburn. 

If the plant receives too little light, it may become leggy and lose its vibrant colors. On the other hand, excessive direct sunlight can cause leaf burn. Observing your plant's response and adjusting its placement accordingly will help ensure it thrives in bright light in its new home, whether indoors or outdoors. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The Bear Paw succulent prefers well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

To keep your Bear Paw healthy and happy, it's a good idea to fertilize it regularly during the growing season in the spring. You can use a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Apply the fertilizer once a year to provide the plant with essential nutrients. 

However, it's important not to over-fertilize your variegated bear paw, as this can lead to fertilizer burn and damage to the plant. Always err on the side of caution and dilute the fertilizer more than recommended if you're unsure. During the dormant season in fall and winter, you can reduce or stop fertilizing altogether, as the plant's growth slows down. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to monitor your plant's response to fertilization. If you notice any signs of nutrient deficiencies or excesses, such as yellowing or browning leaves, adjust your fertilization routine accordingly. 

Hardiness Zone & More 

When growing indoors, the bear Paw succulent is well-suited where it can thrive in normal room temperatures. Ideally, it prefers temperatures between 65°F to 80°F. It's important to keep the plant away from drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations, as they can stress the plant. So, find a cozy spot in your home where the temperature remains relatively stable. 

When it comes to outdoor cultivation, the Variegated Bear Paw is generally hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11. If you live in one of these zones, you can consider growing them outdoors year-round. Just make sure to provide it with the right conditions and protection from frost, as it is not tolerant of freezing temperatures. 

Additionally, it appreciates a moderate level of humidity, around 50% to 60%. If you live in a region with higher humidity, the plant will generally do well. However, if you're in a drier climate, you can increase humidity by misting the plant's leaves or placing a tray of water nearby. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall, the Variegated Bear Paw (Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata) is a fascinating cotyledon succulent that captures attention with its bear paw-like leaves and beautiful variegation. It's a real standout in any succulent collection, adding a touch of whimsy and charm. With its fuzzy texture, unique leaf shape, and occasional bell-shaped flowers, this plant is truly a delight to behold. This bear paw succulent requires bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil to thrive. To avoid root rot, water sparingly and let the soil dry out entirely in between watering. Additionally, these plants benefit from occasional misting to increase humidity levels. Give it a try and enjoy the beauty and intrigue this unique variegated bear paw brings to your home or garden. 

Bloom Season Spring
Botanical Name Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata
Common Name Variegated Bear's paw
Common Name Variegated Bear's paw, variegated bear claw succulent
Dormancy Winter
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Orange, red
Genus Cotyledon
Growth Habit Rosette
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 12 in. tall
Native Area Ethiopia, Arabian Peninsula, Northeast Africa
Plant Type Succulent plant
Propagation By cuttings, division
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Easy to maintain(houseplant)
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic to humans, mildly toxic to pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Variegated Bear Paw

The bear paw succulent is a fairly easy plant to care for, but like any succulent plant, it can be susceptible to pests and common problems. The most common problems are: 

Spider mites: Webbing and yellowing leaves can result from an infestation of these tiny pests. Regularly inspect the undersides of the leaves and treat them with insecticidal soap if necessary. 

Mealybugs: These white, cotton-like insects can cluster on the plant, especially in leaf axils and crevices. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or treat them with insecticidal soap. 

Root rot: Overwatering or poorly draining soil can cause root rot, causing mushy and discolored roots. Ensure the soil is well-drained and let the top inch dry before watering again. 

Leaf drop: Sudden leaf drops can occur due to environmental stress, such as extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, or drafts. Keep the plant in a stable environment and avoid placing it near cold drafts or heating vents.  

Fungal diseases: The Variegated Bear Paw is susceptible to fungal diseases like powdery mildew and leaf spot. To prevent issues, ensure good air circulation around the plant and avoid overhead watering. 

Remember, regular inspection, proper watering, and providing the right growing conditions can help prevent and address these common problems. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you care for a bear's paw variegated plant?

    Place your bear paw succulent in bright, indirect sunlight.



    Water thoroughly, but make sure to let excess water drain away to prevent root rot.



    It prefers indoor temperatures between 65-80°F, and outdoors in USDA zones 9-11.



    Use a well-draining succulent soil mix.



    It can tolerate average indoor humidity levels, but it prefers slightly drier conditions.



    Feed with a balanced (5-10-5), diluted NPK fertilizer, once a year in the spring.



    Trim off any dead or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's appearance.



    You can propagate your Bear's Paw by taking stem cuttings and allowing them to dry before planting in well-draining soil.

  • Are variegated bear paw succulents rare?

    The variegated bear's paw succulents can be a bit rare and harder to find compared to regular Bear's Paw succulents (Cotyledon tomentosa). The variegation, which is the unique color patterns on the leaves, adds to their appeal and makes them a sought-after choice among succulent enthusiasts. However, availability may vary depending on your location and the specific nurseries or sellers you have access to. It's always exciting to come across a rare plant like the variegated Bear's Paw.

  • Are bear paw succulents indoor or outdoor plants?

    The bear paw succulents can be grown both indoors and outdoors, depending on your climate and preferences. They are generally well-suited for indoor cultivation as they thrive in bright, indirect light and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. However, if you live in a warm climate with mild winters in USDA zones 9-11, you can also grow them outdoors in a well-draining soil mix or in a succulent garden. Just make sure to protect them from extreme temperatures and provide them with the right amount of sunlight and water. Whether you choose to keep them indoors or outdoors, these adorable succulents will bring a touch of nature to your space.

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Variegated Bear Paw Succulent - Cotyledon ladismithiensis Variegata

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Introducing the variegated bear paw or bear claw succulent, known as the Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata, a vibrant member of the Cotyledon ladismithiensis family. The Bear paw succulent plant's leaves resemble bear paw pads, with a claw-like shape and fuzzy texture. Variegation, a pattern of different colors on the fragile leaves, further enhances the paw-like appearance. 

This rare evergreen variegated bears paw succulents, with its thick, fleshy leaves that are covered in soft, velvety hairs, gives it a cozy and cuddly appearance. The leaves are typically green with splashes of cream or yellow variegation and a red tooth-like formation on the edge, adding to its charm. Native to South Africa, this slow-growing dense mat-forming plant, can grow up to 12 inches tall. 

The flowers of the variegated bear paw succulent are tubular and bell-shaped on long stalks, during the spring. The flowers can vary in color, ranging from shades of yellow to orange or even red. 

You can propagate the Bear Paw succulent through stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Simply take a healthy stem or leaf, allow it to callus for a few days, and then place it in well-draining soil. With proper care and the right conditions, these cuttings can grow healthy new plants. 

Additionally, the Variegated Bear Paw is mildly toxic to humans and pets if ingested. 

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, the Variegated Bear Paw is adapted to survive in arid conditions. When watering, make sure to give your Cotyledon succulents a thorough soak. Water until it starts to drain out from the bottom of the pot. This ensures that the roots are properly hydrated. Avoid overwatering by providing a moderate amount of water. The goal is to moisten the soil without leaving it soggy. Overwatering can cause root rot and other issues. To prevent this, let the soil dry completely between waterings, and if it feels dry, water accordingly. 

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, the Bear's Paw succulent may require more frequent watering due to increased growth. While, in the fall and winter, during the dormant period, the plant's water needs decrease. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to observe your soft succulents and adjust your watering routine based on its specific needs. Factors like pot size, humidity, and temperature can influence watering frequency. With a little practice and attention, you'll find the right balance to keep your Variegated Bear Paw thriving. 

Light Requirements 

When growing indoors, this Bear Paw plant thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a window that receives bright, filtered sunlight for a good portion of the day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours, as this can scorch the leaves. If you notice the leaves stretching or becoming leggy, it might be an indication that it needs more light. You can consider using a grow light to supplement the natural light if needed. 

When grown outdoors, the Bear Paw succulent prefers bright, indirect light or partial shade for at least 4-6 hours a day. It can tolerate some direct morning or late afternoon sun, but it's best to protect it from intense midday sunlight, especially in hotter climates. If you live in a region with harsh, scorching summers, providing some shade during the hottest part of the day can help prevent leaf burn and stress. 

Remember, it's essential to acclimate your Bear Paw succulents gradually to outdoor conditions if you plan to transition from indoors. Start by placing it in a shaded spot and gradually exposing it to more sunlight over a few weeks to avoid sunburn. 

If the plant receives too little light, it may become leggy and lose its vibrant colors. On the other hand, excessive direct sunlight can cause leaf burn. Observing your plant's response and adjusting its placement accordingly will help ensure it thrives in bright light in its new home, whether indoors or outdoors. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The Bear Paw succulent prefers well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

To keep your Bear Paw healthy and happy, it's a good idea to fertilize it regularly during the growing season in the spring. You can use a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Apply the fertilizer once a year to provide the plant with essential nutrients. 

However, it's important not to over-fertilize your variegated bear paw, as this can lead to fertilizer burn and damage to the plant. Always err on the side of caution and dilute the fertilizer more than recommended if you're unsure. During the dormant season in fall and winter, you can reduce or stop fertilizing altogether, as the plant's growth slows down. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to monitor your plant's response to fertilization. If you notice any signs of nutrient deficiencies or excesses, such as yellowing or browning leaves, adjust your fertilization routine accordingly. 

Hardiness Zone & More 

When growing indoors, the bear Paw succulent is well-suited where it can thrive in normal room temperatures. Ideally, it prefers temperatures between 65°F to 80°F. It's important to keep the plant away from drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations, as they can stress the plant. So, find a cozy spot in your home where the temperature remains relatively stable. 

When it comes to outdoor cultivation, the Variegated Bear Paw is generally hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11. If you live in one of these zones, you can consider growing them outdoors year-round. Just make sure to provide it with the right conditions and protection from frost, as it is not tolerant of freezing temperatures. 

Additionally, it appreciates a moderate level of humidity, around 50% to 60%. If you live in a region with higher humidity, the plant will generally do well. However, if you're in a drier climate, you can increase humidity by misting the plant's leaves or placing a tray of water nearby. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall, the Variegated Bear Paw (Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata) is a fascinating cotyledon succulent that captures attention with its bear paw-like leaves and beautiful variegation. It's a real standout in any succulent collection, adding a touch of whimsy and charm. With its fuzzy texture, unique leaf shape, and occasional bell-shaped flowers, this plant is truly a delight to behold. This bear paw succulent requires bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil to thrive. To avoid root rot, water sparingly and let the soil dry out entirely in between watering. Additionally, these plants benefit from occasional misting to increase humidity levels. Give it a try and enjoy the beauty and intrigue this unique variegated bear paw brings to your home or garden. 

Bloom Season Spring
Botanical Name Cotyledon ladismithiensis variegata
Common Name Variegated Bear's paw
Common Name Variegated Bear's paw, variegated bear claw succulent
Dormancy Winter
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Orange, red
Genus Cotyledon
Growth Habit Rosette
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 12 in. tall
Native Area Ethiopia, Arabian Peninsula, Northeast Africa
Plant Type Succulent plant
Propagation By cuttings, division
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Easy to maintain(houseplant)
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic to humans, mildly toxic to pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Variegated Bear Paw

The bear paw succulent is a fairly easy plant to care for, but like any succulent plant, it can be susceptible to pests and common problems. The most common problems are: 

Spider mites: Webbing and yellowing leaves can result from an infestation of these tiny pests. Regularly inspect the undersides of the leaves and treat them with insecticidal soap if necessary. 

Mealybugs: These white, cotton-like insects can cluster on the plant, especially in leaf axils and crevices. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or treat them with insecticidal soap. 

Root rot: Overwatering or poorly draining soil can cause root rot, causing mushy and discolored roots. Ensure the soil is well-drained and let the top inch dry before watering again. 

Leaf drop: Sudden leaf drops can occur due to environmental stress, such as extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, or drafts. Keep the plant in a stable environment and avoid placing it near cold drafts or heating vents.  

Fungal diseases: The Variegated Bear Paw is susceptible to fungal diseases like powdery mildew and leaf spot. To prevent issues, ensure good air circulation around the plant and avoid overhead watering. 

Remember, regular inspection, proper watering, and providing the right growing conditions can help prevent and address these common problems. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you care for a bear's paw variegated plant?

    Place your bear paw succulent in bright, indirect sunlight.



    Water thoroughly, but make sure to let excess water drain away to prevent root rot.



    It prefers indoor temperatures between 65-80°F, and outdoors in USDA zones 9-11.



    Use a well-draining succulent soil mix.



    It can tolerate average indoor humidity levels, but it prefers slightly drier conditions.



    Feed with a balanced (5-10-5), diluted NPK fertilizer, once a year in the spring.



    Trim off any dead or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's appearance.



    You can propagate your Bear's Paw by taking stem cuttings and allowing them to dry before planting in well-draining soil.

  • Are variegated bear paw succulents rare?

    The variegated bear's paw succulents can be a bit rare and harder to find compared to regular Bear's Paw succulents (Cotyledon tomentosa). The variegation, which is the unique color patterns on the leaves, adds to their appeal and makes them a sought-after choice among succulent enthusiasts. However, availability may vary depending on your location and the specific nurseries or sellers you have access to. It's always exciting to come across a rare plant like the variegated Bear's Paw.

  • Are bear paw succulents indoor or outdoor plants?

    The bear paw succulents can be grown both indoors and outdoors, depending on your climate and preferences. They are generally well-suited for indoor cultivation as they thrive in bright, indirect light and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. However, if you live in a warm climate with mild winters in USDA zones 9-11, you can also grow them outdoors in a well-draining soil mix or in a succulent garden. Just make sure to protect them from extreme temperatures and provide them with the right amount of sunlight and water. Whether you choose to keep them indoors or outdoors, these adorable succulents will bring a touch of nature to your space.

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