Fuzzy, Velvet, Soft Succulents


Fuzzy succulents are some of the cutest around. Soft and velvety plants are always a hit. Some of my favorite succulents are fuzzy echeveria (especially the echeveria pulv-oliver), fuzzy crassula, fuzzy kalanchoe (I love the panda plant), soft cotyledon, and more. 

Soft succulents prefer their leaves dry so be extra careful when watering. Water on the leaves can harm the foliage by making a magnifying effect when in direct sunlight. The little fine hairs that make up the ‘fuzziness’ can be damaged, leaving the plant exposed to direct sunlight where it can be sunburned. We never want to sunburn our fuzzy succulents.

Water your fuzzy succulents from the bottom up by soaking the pot in a tray of water if possible. They love rain water or filtered water and be sure to keep water off the leaves. If your soft succulent leaves need to be cleaned, brush them with a small, gentle, dry brush (an eye shadow brush is perfect for this). Below are some of my favorite fuzzy succulents with name identification and pictures! 

Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’  is also known as Woolly Rose succulent, is a popular low-growing, clustering succulent. A hybrid between Echeveria setosa and Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby’. Its attractive pale green, hairy leaves produce red tips when exposed to bright sun and or stress. 
In spring and summer look for bright red-orange, spiky blooms with a yellow interior on this fuzzy succulent. Doris prefers partial sun to light shade (hardiness zones 9B-11) and requires regular watering in summer months. 
Unlike many other succulents, the Woolly Rose should be kept in a moist soil mixture throughout the year. Be sure to cut back on watering and stop fertilizing once winter sets in. She will happily grow to around 5 inches in height. 
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FUZZY SUCCULENTS Soft & Velvety PlantsEcheveria 'Doris Taylor' Woolly Rose
Echeveria 'Doris Taylor' Woolly Rose
Echeveria Setosa is commonly known as the Mexican firecracker because of its bright blooms. It is such a beauty, that it was awarded the Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Setosa is a stunning fuzzy succulent that produces stemless rosettes that are approximately 6 inches in diameter with tons of spoon-shaped leaves. The foliage is green and is covered with closely-cropped white hairs. In spring look for red flowers with yellow tips.
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Echeveria setosa ‘Arrow’ has long, skinny leaves covered with velvety cilia. Beautiful red tips develop on the ends of the leaves when grown in bright sun which is why its common name is Echeveria Red Velvet. They prefer full to partial sun and this variety is durable and very drought tolerant. Water these fuzzy succulents regularly during the first growing season to establish a good root system.
Rosettes stay fairly small and it is a great variety for succulent arrangements, flower beds, and rock gardens. In spring and early summer look for red and yellow blooms. It is not cold hardy (30F), but is easy to propagate and pet safe.
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Echeveria setosa 'Rundelli'

Echeveria setosa ‘Rundelli’ is a rosette-forming succulent with oval shaped fleshy leaves that are covered in fuzzy white hairs. It is also commonly called Mexican Hens and Chicks.
Look for the cutest bell-shaped blooms in spring that range from orange to red with yellow tips on this fuzzy succulent. This beauty is perfect for succulent arrangements, flower beds or borders. Propagation by pups or off-shoots is easy!

Echeveria setosa var. Deminuta

Echeveria setosa var. Deminuta is a stunning evergreen succulent that grows in thick clusters of sky blue-green with club shaped leaves. Foliage is covered in white bristles that turn into tufts on the tips. It is known for its bright red and yellow flowers and that is why it is commonly called the “Firecracker Plant”. 
Water Echeveria setosa var. Deminuta regularly during the first growing season to establish a good root system. This beauty is excellent for containers, windowsills and in rock gardens, however not cold hardy. Fuzzy succulents always make the perfect addition!
Fuzzy Succulents Echeveria setosa 'Rose & Purpus'

Echeveria setosa 'Rose & Purpus'

Echeveria setosa ‘Rose & Purpus’ also known as Mexican Firecracker or Rose & J.A. Purpose is cute and furry, glistening white stiff short hairs. It produces rosette succulents freely giving off offsets from the base and readily forming dense mounds.

Sempervivum arachnoideum ssp.tomentosum

Sempervivum arachnoideum ssp. tomentosum is one of the easiest plants to grow. Also known as Hen-and-chicks, these fuzzy succulents tolerate heat, drought and neglect. They do well in rock gardens, container gardens of all types, rooftop gardens and rock walls. 
Hundreds of varieties exist. All types form a low cushion or carpet of fleshy leaves, tiny new plants appearing in a circle around the mother in the middle. Typically after flowering, the mother rosette dies to leave room for the new chicks.
Echeveria coccinea

Echeveria coccinea

Echeveria coccinea pronounced [ech-eh-VER-ee-a] [kok-SIN-ee-uh] also known as Red Echeveria, Scarlet Pussy, or Conchita Escarlata, is a semi-sprawling, shrubby succulent. It grows up to 2 feet tall and up to 3 feet wide, with wide branched stems holding rosettes of up to 4 inches long. Blue-green leaves are covered in silver hairs and sometimes tinged red along the margins. 
From late winter into spring look for relatively large reddish-orange flowers with bright yellow stamens on up to a 1 foot tall, leafy inflorescence.  Latin “coccineus” means deep red, referring to the red flowers.
Echeveria coccinea was the first Echeveria to arrive in Europe around 1790.  E. coccinea is easily recognizable by the long bract subtending each flower and conspicuously exceeding the corolla.

Echeveria coccinea 'Recurvata'

Echeveria coccinea ‘Recurvata’ is native to Mexico and is an erect plant with fluffy and curved leaves. It prefers full to partial sun and produces beautiful orange flowers.
Although they are fairly drought tolerant, they will become more spectacular with regular deep watering and fertilizing. The hybrids tend to be less tolerant of frost and shade. In temperate climates, most species will lose their lower leaves in winter and become ‘leggy’ and less attractive.
As with some of the other velvety-leaved succulents, the echeveria coccinea is a branching species that rapidly develops woody stems. Pruning this beauty back can keep it from getting too leggy.  Plants grown in the ground in full sun can form attractive, low-growing shrubs that grow up to several feet wide.
Echeveria coccinea 'Recurvata'
fuzzy succulents Echeveria coccinea 'Recurvata'

Echeveria Pulvinata

Echeveria pulvinata pronounced ech-eh-VER-ee-a pul-vin-AH-tuh is a hybrid plant named for Athanasio Echeverria Godoy. Pulvinata refers to its cushion-like leaves.
It is also known as Red Velvet or Red Velvet Plush Plant and has softly hairy stems and chubby leaves. The species is from Mexico but this particular cultivar originated in California.

Echeveria Pulvinata 'Ruby'

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby’  is known as the Red Velvet Plush, Chenille Plant, ‘Ruby’ Chenille Plant, Ruby Blush, Ruby Slippers, or Red Velvet because it has a crimson, velvety coating to protect it from the intense sun of its rocky habitats.
Native to Oaxaca, Mexico and a true sun-loving plant. It needs protection from hard frosts, but a little bit of environmental stress like direct sun and temperatures just above freezing bring out the brightest reds along leaf margins. 
It usually blooms in winter by sending up flower stalks covered with orange, bell-shaped flowers.
The rosettes will stay fairly small but the fuzzy stems beneath them will continue to branch and grow up to 10″ long. 
fuzzy succulents Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby Blush'

Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby Blush'

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby Blush’  pronounced [ech-eh-VER-ee-a] [pul-vin-AH-tuh] develops develop tinges of red along the leaf margins from environmental stresses such as high heat, low heat or tremendous amounts of direct sunlight causes.

Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty is commonly known as White Chenille Plant. It has very pale green, almost whitish leaves which are covered in tiny hairs. These velvety soft hairs help protect the succulent from intense sun in its native rocky habitat of Mexico. 
This succulent is pretty heavy bloomer in winter and it produces up to 20 orange bell-shaped flowers at one time.  Despite the name “frosty” it does need protection from frost. Propagating the white chenille plant is easy through stem cuttings.
Echeveria 'Pulv-Oliver' (Red Echeveria)

Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ - Red Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Pulv-oliver’ pronounced ech-eh-VER-ee-a is also known as Red Echeveria. It is a hybrid between Echeveria pulvinata and Echeveria harmsii.
This cute succulent has fuzzy red-tipped green leaves. The reddish tint appears on the edges when they are exposed to more sun. These leaves cluster at the ends of the branches to form a rosette. Large flowers appear in late spring and summer and bloom in shades of orange and yellow.

Echeveria harmsii

Echeveria harmsii  pronounced [harms-zee-eye] also known as the Plush Plant is a Mexican native. Its green leaves have a tinge of pink at their tips. In spring look for bright orange, urn-shaped flowers with yellow throats. Does best outside in hardiness zones 11a and above.
Fuzzy Succulents Echeveria harmsii

Echeveria harmsii 'Ruby Slippers'

Echeveria harmsii ‘Ruby Slippers’ is another wonderfully fuzzy-leaved species that has striking colors in times of stress (if not watered excessively, that can be nearly all the time). The leaves are blue-green and are tipped with various shades of red, pink, orange and even purple. Like some other fuzzy-leaved species, this one can get leggy and need to be pruned back yearly.

Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’

Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ is a hybrid between the Echeveria pulvinata and Echeveria harmsii. This cute succulent has fuzzy red-tipped greenish-grey leaves. The reddish tint appears on the edges when they are exposed to more sun. These leaves cluster at the ends of the branches to form a rosette.
In late spring or summer look for large blooms that are orange and yellow on these fuzzy succulents. The hairy, light green leaves with red tips cluster at the ends of the branches on this Echeveria.
Pulv-oliver can grow to about 8-10 inches tall. It prefers full sun to light shade, but it will get its best color in full sun. This low maintenance succulent is drought tolerant and prefers a well draining soil. Cold hardy to about 15-20 degrees F.
How do you tell the difference between Echeveria harmsii, Echeveria pulvinata and Echeveria Doris Taylor? E. harmsii has shorter leaves; red flowers with yellow tips. E. pulvinata has reddish flowers, more of reddish hair on leaves. Doris Taylor offsets more, leaves are more green, wider and thicker. Flowers are yellow inside with some red & yellow shading outside.

Kalanchoe orgyalis Copper Spoons

Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis) This two-toned stemmed variety has velvety, copper oval-shaped leaves on top and silver underneath. As leaves age, they turn completely silver. This succulent is from a native rocky habitat in Madagascar.  Copper Spoons produce clusters of pretty  yellow blossoms in late winter to spring.

Kalanchoe hildebrandtii “Silver Teaspoons”

Kalanchoe hildebrandtii are native to Madagascar and are a fast-growing succulent. The luminescent silvery white leaves have a fuzzy felt-like texture. These plants are perfect to add height and color contrast to any succulent arrangement.
Hildebrantii thrives in full sun to bright shade and love morning sun. Protect these beauties from frost (28 F) and be sure to bring indoors if kept outside in cold winter temperatures. Water only when soil is thoroughly dry. 
Kalanchoe hildebrandtii are very similar to Kalanchoe bracteata, which are also known as “Silver Teaspoons”. They are commonly mistaken for each other and can be differentiated by the flowers they produce.
Bracteatas produce red to orange bell-shaped blooms and Kalanchoe hildebrandtii have white to pale green flowers. 

Kalanchoe tomentosa

Kalanchoe tomentosa pronounced kal-un-KOH-ee to-MEN-tosa is native to Madagascar and best known as the Panda Plant, Donkey Ears, and sometimes referred to as Pussy Ears, as the soft leaves look similar to cat ears.  The velvety, silvery-green leaves are covered in tiny hairs and grow thick for water storage purposes, which  makes this an excellent drought tolerant fuzzy succulent.  
“Tomentosa” refers to the fuzzy, felt-like coating of hairs that covers the whole plant and helps it survive dry, sunny conditions.  On top of the velvet-like look, the tips are rimmed with dark-brownish red edges. It is an easy succulent species to care for and maintain, and is easily propagated by leaf or stem cuttings.
To grow the panda plant outdoors, it is best in USDA hardiness zone 9a and above. It also does well as an indoor plant. Kalanchoe Tomentosa prefers full sun to partial shade and prefers morning or late afternoon sun. Be sure to protect it from intense afternoon rays and from your dogs and cats as it has been found to be toxic to pets.
‘Chocolate Soldier’ is a cinnamon brown cultivar of the well-loved Panda Plant from Madagascar. This stemmed variety has long, upright leaves that range in color from rusty red to silvery green with spots of chocolate brown dotting the leaf edges. Spring blooms are maroon to copper and have the same fuzzy coating as the rest of the plant.
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Kalanchoe eriophylla

The Kalanchoe eriophylla is commonly known as the “Snow White Panda Plant” and is one of the wooliest of all the fuzzy succulents.  This beautiful succulent is covered in white-haired leaves and is often mistaken for Kalanchoe pumila.
Native to Madagascar, the Kalanchoe eriophylla looks great as ground cover. Look out for blooms in winter and spring that are a pretty pale pink on this fuzzy succulent.
Kalanchoe eriophylla
Kalanchoe beharensis, pronounced kal-un-KOH-ee be-HAIR-en-sis, is a slow-growing succulent type. The word  “beharensis” refers to the succulent’s native region of Behara in South Madagascar. It is commonly know as Elephant’s Ears Kalanchoe, Velvet Leaf plant, and Felt Bush. One of my favorite fuzzy succulents.
Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’ is also known as Felt Plant, Felt Bush, Stalactite Plant ‘Fang’, and Velvet Leaf Kalanchoe.
Its fang-like texture would make a stunning contract plant to any succulent arrangement, flowerbed, or container.
Cotyledon tomentosa also known as  the bear’s paw is one of the cutest little fuzzy succulent around. The bright green leaves have bits or reddish-brown teeth along the edges of the leaves which resemble the claws of bears. They prefer regular deep watering in summer which is its active growing season.
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Cotyledon tomentosa ‘Bear’s Paw’ variegata is a dwarf shrublet with green and cream variegated leaves. Its foliage is thick, ovate, and hairy. Little, dull teeth line the edges of each leaf, and they often turn pinkish-red when exposed to increased light and/or other stressors. These fuzzy succulent leaves are what give them their nickname, “Bear’s Paw.” Bell-shaped flowers bloom in growing months, and typically blush reddish-orange to yellow. 
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FUZZY SUCCULENTS Soft & Velvety Plants Crassula lanuginosa var. pachystemon 'David'
FUZZY SUCCULENTS Soft & Velvety Plants Crassula lanuginosa var. pachystemon 'David'

Crassula lanuginosa var. pachystemon 'David'

Crassula David (pronounced KRASS-oo-la) is a thick and low growing succulent with fleshy, bright green, coin shaped leaves.  This is a carpet forming, vigorous, green plant makes an ideal wall or basket succulent. It grows in clusters with dense foliage and will only grow about 2 inches in height.  The leaves are covered with very fine hairs at the edge and underneath the leaves. 
This miniature Crassula variety is named after David Cumming who found & collected the variety from South Africa in the 1980’s. A pretty rare succulent, but quite easy to grow. Keep it dry and in full sun to maintain compact growth.  It can turn a beautiful purple/red color when exposed to full sun, throughout winter, or when stressed. 
Adromischus cristatus pronounced [add-drom-miss-cus] [criss-tuh-tus] best known as the Crinkle Leaf Plant and sometimes called the Key Lime Pie Plant. Its grey-green foliage is plump and wedge shaped with wavy ends. A light coating of short fine hairs don this beauty.  It is the easiest variety to grow of the Adromischus genus which includes many exotic beauties and tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. Make a perfect addition to any beach themed planter and it will grow up to 6 inches in height.
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Senecio haworthii, pronounced [suh·nee·see·oh] [haw-wur-thee-eye] and commonly called Woolly Senecio, Kleinia tomentosa, or Cocoon Plant, is the purest white among the Senecio species. This South African native is a dwarf shrub with curved, chunky leaves covered with a thick powdery wool.
Yellow, pom pom shaped flowers are rare, but it can produce blooms. Over time it can grow tall, leggy stems, but it re-roots easily from stem cuttings. Plant in full sun in an open airy location with well-draining soil and water sparingly. Allow soil to dry out in between watering as it is susceptible to root rot if given too much water or shade. Keep this fuzzy succulent drier in winter months and it is cold hardy to 25-30 degrees F. 
The plant is called “tontelbos” in Afrikaans which means “tinder bush”. This is because its leaves are densely felted and can be stripped off, dried, and used as tinder. Keep in mind this plant will usually darken towards the base of the stem as it grows, which is totally normal.
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Senecio medley-woodii pronounced [suh·nee·see·oh] medley [wood-ee-eye] is native to semi-tropical areas of Africa, a species of the genus Senecio and family Asteraceae. A fuzzy succulent shrub with thick stems covered in white felt and oval shovel-shaped leaves. Dark green foliage is drought-deciduous with densely felted white wool, which gives it a silvery appearance. This succulent has an upright growth habit when young, then as it gets older it tends to sprawl.
Prefers full to partial sun (40 to 95 degrees) and prefers cool and humid-less conditions to maintain a beautiful pelt. Be sure to let it completely dry out in between thorough watering. In winter months water less and protect from frost. Porous soil with adequate drainage is best. It can grow 15 to 18 inches tall if staked and propagates happily from cuttings. 
In winter look for bright yellow, daisy-like blooms with orange and yellow disks. This succulent makes an excellent potted plant underplanted with haworthias and small crassulas, or can be planted in a succulent or rock garden.
Senecio is the largest genus of flowering plants, with over 2000 species globally, and 300 in South Africa. The word senecio is derived from the Latin word “senex”, meaning old man, referring to the greyish white hairy pappus, which aids in seed dispersal. Named after John Medley Wood (1827-1915), a famous botanist. 
Jacobaea maritima, pronounced [jake-koh-BAY-ee-uh] [muh-rit-eye-muh] is commonly known as silver ragwort or dusty miller, and formerly known as Senecio cineraria pronounced [suh·nee·see·oh][sinner·rare·ree·uh]. A perennial plant species in the genus Jacobaea in the family Asteraceae, but was formerly placed in the genus Senecio, and is still widely referred to as Senecio cineraria. 
Native to the Mediterranean region, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for its white, woolly-white, felt-like foliage.
Heat and drought tolerant growing 1.5 – 3.5 feet tall. Stems are stiff and woody at the base, covered in long, matted grey-white hairs. Flowers are yellow, daisy-like, with central disc florets surrounded by a ring of 10–13 ray florets.
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Tradescantia sillamontana pronounced [trad-es-KAN-tee-uh][see-yuh-MON-tah-nuh] is commonly known as Cobweb Spiderwort, White Velvet, White Gossamer Plant, or Hairy Wandering Jew. Named in reference to the plant’s surface that is covered entirely in dense cobweb like white hairs.  Leaves are arranged in a precise geometric shape on this fuzzy succulent. 
Almost completely white hairs cover all parts of the plant: leaves, shoots, and even the buds. These protect the plant from direct sunlight and excessive evaporation.
An upright grower when young, but later on turns to prostrate as it grows and makes a fabulous groundcover. The fleshy, ovate leaves vary in color from gray-green, faded olive or purple and are covered with grayish-white short hairs.
In summer look for abundant purple-pink blooms if well-cultivated. The corolla consists of three bright petals and three small sepals. After flowering, cutting back the plants will promote a second bloom. Plants can be divided in Spring and any shoots that are too long can be trimmed.
Tradescantia sillamontana is almost as easy to grow as other species of the genus Tradescantia (Family: Commelinaceae). However, unlike most species of Tradescantia, this species is almost succulent and nearly xerophytic. The term xerophyte refers to a plant species that has evolved over time to survive in dry regions such as deserts. It has adaptations to survive in an environment with little liquid water.  
Cobweb Spiderwort is native to arid areas of Mexico and prefers partial shade but will tolerate full sun. Direct summer sun can cause sunburn, so gradual acclimatization is needed.
Moderate watering is best (around 30 inches of water per year) and be sure not to spray the leaves at all. Reduce watering and fertilizer in winter when the plant has gone into dormancy and the minimum temperature during dormancy is 50 °. Soil should allow good drainage, with at least a third to a half made up of coarse sand and gravel.  
Propagation is easy by cuttings 2-3 inches long, rooted in sandy soil, or by dividing and transplanting the bush.
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Stachys byzantina Lamb's ears
Stachys byzantina pronounced [STAY-keys] [ biz-ann-TEE-nuh] is commonly called Lamb’s ears. This plant is known for having the softest leaves in the world. Although not a succulent, they are one of cutest fuzzy plants around.
Lamb’s ear plants are perennial herbs, with thick and somewhat wrinkled foliage, that are densely covered on both sides with gray or silver-white, silky-lanate hairs. The undersides are more silver-white in color than the top surfaces and leaves are arranged oppositely on the stems and are about 2-4 inches long. 
They are named lamb’s ears because of the leaves’ curved shape and white, soft, fur-like hair coating. In late spring and early summer look for tall spike-like stems with small light purple flowers.
Popular as an edging plant and used in Brazil as an edible herb, called lambari. It has sometimes been used as a medicinal plant.
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Cyanotis somaliensis pronounced [Sy-an-NOH-tiss ][soh-mal-ee-en-sis] is commonly called pussy ears or furry kittens and is an easy-care houseplant. Native to Somalia, hence the name “somaliensis’ (Family: Commelinaceae).
Related to inch plants (and sometimes classified as Tradescantia somaliensis), this unusual houseplant grows well in hanging baskets or tall containers. It can also be grown it in a low, shallow pot and let it grow horizontally on a tabletop, mantle, desk, or other surface to great effect. This relatively small plant is ideal on its own or in terrariums or indoor fairy gardens. A spreading perennial with oblong-linear, pointed, arching, deep olive-green leaves covered with white, whisker-like hairs. 
Grow pussy ears in a bright spot for the happiest plant ( 50 to 95 degrees). It prefers high light, but tolerates medium light and does well as a ground cover in shadier spots. When pussy ears do not get enough light, it can become leggy, with long stems between the leaves. If your plant grows too large or becomes too leggy, you can prune pussy ears without hurting it. Cut it back at any time of year. By cutting it back, you’ll encourage pussy ears to become a fuller or bushier plant. In colder climates it may come back from the ground in spring. 
Water pussy ears when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry and allow drying in between waterings. Be sure not to let the potting mix stay wet or soggy for extended periods as they are susceptible to root rot. Fertilize your pussy ears plant in spring and summer with any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Follow the directions on the product packaging as application rates and frequencies vary by brand.
In summer look for sporadic, small, purplish-blue flowers with prominent gold stamens. They grow to about 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Pussy ears add a lot of texture to a collection of houseplants — particularly if you pair it with coarser plants such as hoya or ivy that have a very different leaf size or shape. 
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Cyanotis kewensis "Teddy Bear Vine"

Cyanotis kewensis pronounced [Sy-an-NOH-tiss][Kew-EN-sis] is part of the Commelinaceae [ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee] family and species is beddomei [BED-oh-my]. Commonly known as Teddy Bear Vine because its trailing stems have fuzzy, tear-drop-shaped, chocolate-brown leaves. Because of the plant’s growth shape, it’s best to grow teddy bear vine in hanging baskets in front of a bright window (or under fluorescent lights), or on a flat surface, such as a tabletop where the stems can grow horizontally. It’s a relatively slow grower, so need to worry about this trailing houseplant getting out of control. 
Teddy Bear Vine prefers a bright light. In most areas, it can take some direct sun on the leaves through a window, but this is best in the morning rather than the afternoon hours as too much sun can cause sunburn. Like most houseplants, you can grow teddy bear vine well under plant lights, as well as regular fluorescent lights, making it a good choice for offices. 
Water teddy bear vine when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry. If you’re unsure about watering teddy bear vine, it’s best to let it stay consistently a little too dry than a little too wet. A moisture meter is a foolproof way to water as well. 
Fertilize your teddy bear vine in the spring and summer months if you want to encourage growth. Use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and be sure. Learn more about Teddy Bear Vine here.
Cyanotis kewensis - Teddy bear vine
Crassula Congesta Green Beans have adorable chubby oval foliage that are soft and velvety and look like little beans. Leaves develop a light coating of wax when grown in bright light. Moderate stress from bright sun or drought can bring out warm pink flushing on the leaf tips of this fuzzy succulent.  
Look for fragrant white star shaped blooms in late spring to early summer. This species is monocarpic, so after a plant flowers it will die, but any offsets will live on. “Congesta” derives from the latin “congestus”, meaning crowded together. This refers to the dense, crowded head of flowers it produces.
Crassula congesta typically grows up to 4 feet or more in height and sometimes taller in shadier spots. This dwarf biennial succulent prefers bright light to full sun and water thoroughly when soil is dry. Protect from frost, hardy to 36 degrees F.
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FUZZY SUCCULENTS Soft & Velvety Plants Crassula mesembryanthemoides 'Tenelli'
Crassula mesembryanthemoides 'Tenelli'
Crassula mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’ has long, slender leaves covered with a frosted velvety appearance. This unique succulent adds the perfect texture to any succulent arrangement. Flowers bloom in clusters of red flowers.
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Crassula mesembryanthemoides is a succulent subshrub from South Africa with fuzzy green leaves with soft bristle-like hairs. Its stems can grow about a foot tall and turn woody over time. The scientific name of this plant is Crassula Mesembryanthemoides Subsp.
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Delosperma echinatum  is commonly known as the Hedgehog Iceplant, Pickle Plant, or Pickle Cactus.This South African native succulent is more of a horizontal grower though it’s not uncommon to find plants with heights of 18 inches or so. Both the stems and leaves are covered with spiny white hairs. Look for yellow flowers that show up near the end of winter.
Pickle plants prefer well-draining soil under full sun or partial shade. You can propagate Delosperma echinatum by division, cuttings, or seeds. You should make cuttings in fall, spring, or summer, while for division, spring will be your most ideal season to do it.
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Sedum hintonii

Sedum hintonii pronounced (SEE-dum HIN-ton-ee-eye) is one of the most beautiful sedums of all. It is best distinguished by the dense mat covering of white hairs on all its stems, leaves and sepals (sepp-ulls).  A slow grower, growing up to 8 inches tall with prostrate growing rhizomes. It forms dense rosettes bearing tiny egg-shaped leaves, densely covered with little white hairs. In winter look for little white flowers (in Mexico they bloom in April).
FUZZY SUCCULENTS Soft & Velvety Plants Sedum hintonii
Sedum hintonii
Mammillaria elongata Brain Cactus Cristata
Mammillaria elongata Brain Cactus Cristata
Mammillaria elongata Cristata or Brain Cactus is a fascinating plant, albeit with a very descriptive name. One of the many species of Mammillaria, it is an easy to grow cactus which often produces lovely little blooms. A great houseplant or outdoor specimen in warmer climates.
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