KALANCHOE

FAMILY: Crassulaceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Succulents
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • House Plants

Plant Details

From Old World tropics. Kalan- choes have fleshy, typically green leaves and bell-shaped flowers; they are used principally as houseplants but can be grown outdoors year-round where winters are mild and frost free. Site indoor plants in a south-facing window and let them go fairly dry between waterings. Feed with a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer monthly from spring until fall. Reduce watering in winter, but don't let soil dry out so much that leaves wither.

felt plant

kalanchoe beharensis

  • Very narrow plant; grows to 45 feet (possibly even 10 feet.) tall, just 12 feet wide.
  • Stems are typically unbranched, carrying thick, triangular to lance-shaped leavesusually six to eight pairs of themat the tips.
  • Leaves are 48 inches long and half as wide, strikingly waved and crimped at the edges and covered with a dense, feltlike coating of white to brown hairs.
  • Flowers are unimportant.
  • Hybrids between this and other species differ in leaf size, color, and degree of felting and scalloping.
  • Impressive in big rock gardens and raised beds.

kalanchoe

kalanchoe blossfeldiana

  • To 112 feet tall and wide.
  • Shiny, dark green, smooth-edged or slightly lobed leaves thinly bordered in red; 212 inches long, 1112 inches wide.
  • Small, bright red flowers come in big clusters held above the leaves.
  • Hybrids and named selections come in regular or dwarf (6 inches.) sizes and in different flower colors, including yellow, orange, salmon, and red.
  • Blooms in winter and early spring.
  • Popular houseplant for the winter holidays (often sold in supermarkets then) but can be kept for years.

mother-of-thousands, maternity plant

kalanchoe daigremontiana

  • Upright, single-stemmed plant 1123 feet tall, 1 feet wide.
  • Leaves to 68 inches long, 112 inches wide (or wider), in gray-green spotted with red.
  • Leaf edges are notched; young plants sprout in the notches and can be removed and planted.
  • Clusters of small, drooping, grayish purple flowers in winter.

south american air plant

kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

  • Popular ground cover in south Florida.
  • To 12 feet tall, 1012 inches wide, with smooth, scalloped, blue-green leaves 12 inches long.
  • Clusters of pendent reddish flowers in summer.
  • Prostrate stems root where they touch soil.
  • Often erroneously called gray sedum.

flapjack plant, paddle plant

kalanchoe luciae

  • From southeastern Africa.
  • Colorful, sculptural plant grows 1112 feet high and wide, spreading by offsets.
  • Short, thick trunk holds fleshy, broadly oval leaves to 8 inches long and 68 inches wide.
  • Leaves are gray-green, with margins that turn bright red in full sun.
  • In winter or early spring, a single stem rises 23 feet high and bears clusters of 1234 inches-long, tubular, dark yellow flowers with a pleasing fragrance.
  • Provide protection from slugs and snails, which can permanently disfigure leaves.
  • Fantastic (also sold as Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Fantastic') has gray-green leaves striped with cream variegation, and shading red at the margins.

air plant

kalanchoe pinnata

  • To 23 feet tall and wide.
  • First leaves to form are undivided and scallop edged.
  • Later ones divided into three to five leaflets.
  • These are also scalloped.
  • Produces many plantlets in notches of scallops.
  • Leaves can be removed and pinned to curtain, where they will produce plantlets until they dry up.
  • Greenish white to reddish flowers in clusters to 3 inches long; not particularly attractive.
  • Likes moisture.

panda plant

kalanchoe tomentosa

  • Branching plant eventually reaches 3 feet high, 8 inches wide.
  • Leaves 2 inches long, with dense, feltlike coating of white hairs.
  • Leaf tips and shallow notches in leaves are strongly marked dark brown.
  • Yellowish green flowers in spring.

kalanchoe uniflora

  • Trailing plant 6 inches high, 2 feet wide; good in hanging pots.
  • Thick, 1 inches-long leaves have a few scallops near rounded tips.
  • Inch-long summer flowers; color ranges from red to purple.

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