How to grow Teddy Bear Vine

Teddy Bear Vine growing creeping vine succulent of the genus Cyanotis also known as Cyanotis kewensis, Teddy Bear Vine perennial evergreen plant, used as ornamental plant for the color of the leaves and also can be groundcover, can grow in tropic, subtropical, mediterranean climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color green and under its purple in oval shape, leaves hairy like velvet.

Teddy Bear Vine flower

Flower color purple with yellow stamens, flower in triangular shape.

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How to grow Teddy Bear Vine growing and care:

Moist soil, rich soil, organic matter, medium drainage, better to grow it as hanging plant to let it weep down, under the leaves it’s purple and if grown as hanging can be seen the colors of the plant if not it’s mostly green and just when leaf turn can see purple

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Propagating teddy bear vine by cutting:
Cut stem with 5 leaves (possible less) better to cut stem on the end of the stem before start to grow, when see the buds blown, possible to put it with water and switch every few days, better in the soil directly, keep moist soil and humidity, better to use potting soil or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier than to start from cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive (in the tropical)

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10-11a and all the year hardiness zone 11b+

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
For design

Size of the plant:
5-10cm, 2-4 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, water regular when growing in container but let it dry little bit not fully dry before water, do not overwater

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half shade – too much sun will burn the plant / Full shade, almost full shade will perform better 0.85 shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, with light will grow better

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Summer to autumn

General information about the flower:
Purple triangular flowers with yellow stamens that create small pompon

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
20-25°C, little humidity, peat soil with vermiculite

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry, room temperature

Sowing season:
Spring in hardiness zone 10-11, all year in hardiness zone 12+

Planting spacing:
10*20cm, 4*8 inches

Depth of Sowing:
Cover lightly with soil 1mm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Slightly moist soil, better little morning sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, don’t let it dry and not overwater

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Keep soil slightly moist, do not overwater, potting soil or sandy soil with perlite and pot with enough hole for drainage

Scientific name:

Cyanotis kewensis

How to grow Teddy Bear Vine

Teddy Bear Vine leaves

Teddy Bear Vine


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Purple leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
  • Succulent
  • Vine
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Ground cover plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13