Panda Plant, Pussy Ears, Teddy Bear Plant
Kalanchoe tomentosa Baker is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Kalanchoe. It was named and described by John Gilbert Baker in Journal of Botany in 1882.
Kalanchoe tomentosa is one of 113 accepted species in the Kalanchoe genus listed on Plants of the World Online. It is a native to Madagascar.
I bought my Kalanchoe tomentosa from Mast’s Greenhouse in the spring of 2016. I made a mistake and decided to put some of the succulents in a flower bed behind the foundation of my grandparent’s old house, pot and all as an experiment. That may have been OK, but I got busy and neglected it. Next thing I knew, the Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ had all but covered it up. I had a plan to start with… By the time I paid attention, bugs had eaten a lot of its leaves off. I moved the succulents to the plant table with the rest of the cactus and succulents.
Zones: USDA Zones 9b-11 (25 to 40° F)
Size: 18-24” tall
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Fast-draining cactus mix amended with additional grit and pumice or perlite.
Water: Average water needs during the growing, barely in winter
Propagation: Leaf and stem cuttings
The plant did survive the rest of the summer, and even grew new leaves, but died over the winter in the house. Maybe someday I will find another one to bring home and do better.
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