Here is yet another one of the succulents I recently purchased at Home Depot. This fuzzy little guy was $3.33, on sale. I've grown the regular Kalanchoe tomentosa in the past, but I've never had this cultivar. I can't decide if I actually like this cultivar better...I think I just like things that are unusual. I remember having a lot of trouble with my last specimen of Kalanchoe tomentosa, so I hope this one will be easier to grow!
Here's the description from the propagator, Altman Plants:
"Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier’, forms a shrubby plant
with long oval shaped leaves densely covered in fuzzy felt. There are
many cultivars with color variants, but the “true” tomentosa has dove
gray leaves with reddish-chocolate margins and tips. This cultivar,
‘Chocolate Soldier’ has chocolate-colored leaves with nearly black
markings at the tips. Very attractive, rich chocolate color provides an
attractive accent with other plants. Flowers are small, but are quite
uniquely attractive furry, bell-shapes that are golden ginger in color.
Prefers bright light to full sun. Can be planted in patio plantings or
even in garden beds in areas with temperate climes. Use porous soil with
adequate drainage. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch.
Protect from frost."
And here's the pot label: