Chocolate Soldier – Kalanchoe tomentosa is a member of the Crassulaceae family is a wonderful perennial succulent. The term “tomentosa” means “covered with fine hairs” referring to the fuzzy Panda-like appearance of this plant.
The Chocolate Soldier is a hardy shrub with a velvety texture and unusual foliage. It is commonly grown as a houseplant. The plant requires very low care and grows well indoors and outdoors making it a great choice for the novice gardeners. These plants are ideal for those people who lack a green thumb and cannot invest a lot of time in their management. Indoors they can be grown in containers and hanging baskets where they can easily trail down below the hanging baskets.
Kalanchoe tomentosa is native to the islands of Madagascar. It is now grown widely as an indoor and outdoor plant in many regions of the world. The original habitat of Panda plants is granite rocks. Like other succulents, it can survive in xerophytic (an environment where the water is very limited) conditions.