Cotyledon tomentosa profile

Written by Maggie

Dec 28 2020

Cotyledon tomentosa profile

Cotyledon Tomentosa is native to the Cape province of South Africa. It prefers warm and dry, sunny, well-ventilated environments. Excessive summer temperatures can cause dormancy. Avoid cold and excessive dampness. The propagation method is cuttings. Cotyledon Tomentosa leaf shape and leaf color is more beautiful, exquisite and small flowers, leaves shaped like bear feet, peculiar shape, very lovely, ornamental value is very high.

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Cotyledon Tomentosa

Morphological characteristics of Cotyledon Tomentosa

Cotyledon Tomentosa is a succulent perennial herb with many branches and stunted shrubby appearance.

The plant height of cotyledon tomentosa is 30 cm, and the plant width is 11-12 cm. The stem is  cylindrical, densely short tomentose, green. The leaf blade is thickly fleshy, oblate late to oblong, spatulate, reciprocal, 2.3-6.5 cm long and 1.5-3.2 cm wide. Leaves are green, surface densely white very fine short villi, tip with notched, front 1/3 with red claw teeth, beard-like shape.

Inflorescences are dichasium, 16-20 cm long, stems red, base 4 mm in diameter. Sepals are green, 6 mm long, 5 mm wide, corolla orange-red, 12 -- 16 mm long, flower tube 15 mm long, 9 mm wide, petals 10 mm long, outer roll, yellow, stamens 3 -- 5 mm, anthers yellow, ca. 1.5 mm, flattened;Flowering 7-9 months

Cotyledon Tomentosa geographic distribution

Cotyledon Tomentosa is native to Cape Province, South Africa. The population ranges from Leddy Smith to Janssenville and grows on the gravelly slopes of shaded valleys. 

Cotyledon Tomentosa

Cotyledon Tomentosa growth habit

Cotyledon Tomentosa prefers sunshine. It should be warm and dry with sufficient sunshine and good ventilation. Cold and excessive humidity should be avoided. When the temperature exceeds 35℃ in summer, the plants enter the dormant period with growth stagnation, which will automatically reduce or stop water absorption .At this point we should reduce watering, to prevent excessive moisture caused by basin soil root rot, at the same time it should be appropriate shade to prevent the burning sun sun damage to the leaves, to prevent scar. Other seasons should seek sufficient sunshine time. Cotyledon Tomentosa can withstand the low temperature of 5℃ in winter, watering according to the room temperature and sunshine. If the sun is not enough, the basin soil should not be too wet. 

Cotyledon Tomentosa breeding method

The breeding method of Cotyledon Tomentosa is mainly cutting. During the growing period, the cuttings with short stem nodes and thick leaves should be 5 cm to 7 cm long, and the top stem nodes are preferred. After the cuttings are slightly dried, insert the cuttings into the sand bed. Root for about 20 to 25 days after inserting. After 30 days, the cuttings can be potted or directly inserted into the garden soil. Because it is difficult for Cotyledon Tomentosa to bud leaves inserted, so generally do not use leaves inserted for breeding.

Cotyledon Tomentosa

Cotyledon Tomentosa's main value

Cotyledon Tomentosa is a succulent plant belonging to The Genus Silver Wave in The Family Chrysomelidae. The plant is small in shape and has many branches. It is exquisite, elegant in figure and unique and beautiful, and can be used as a small indoor pot. Green leaves densely covered with white down, much like bear paws, which can be used in small craft potted plant ornament desks, windowsill and other places. Cotyledon Tomentosa can also be used for variety collection and cultivation.