Like all tomentose plants Bear`s Paw has leaves, flowers and stems all covered with down. The leaves, grape- to thumb-sized, feel fat and soft to the touch just like the little paddy paws of a baby animal, complete with red toe-nails It forms large orange bell-shaped flowers in spring. Cotyledon tomentosa is a relatively commonly sold plant at garden outlet nurseries, and can make a nice low succulent shrublet in the garden, does well in containers, and makes a good houseplant. It is widely grown and not difficult to cultivate. Cotyledons are very responsive to differing cultural conditions both as regards colour, length and shape of leaves, rate of growth and size of plant. They are dormant in summer and thrive with bright light and ample airflow.