Plant DetailShow Menu

Kalanchoe

Common Name(s):

Description

A genus of tropical, perennial succulents native to Africa and Asia, with showy flowers in the Crassulaceae family. Plant can be grown as a shrub, herb, or climber. This plant is desired for its showy flowers and its interesting, succulent foliage. Toothed succulent leaves, thick branched stems, and cymose inflorescences are key ID characteristics. Flower glands produce a sticky substance. Some species of Kalanchoe are viviparous and produce plantlets at leaf edges. This plant prefers interior sites with high light, dry soil, and low relative humidity. Kalanchoe are commonly grown as a houseplant or interiorscape. They can be planted in a container that is brought in over the winter. They are also grown as a specialty desert-type plant and for temporary color. Being a succulent they tolerate drought well once established. This plant has pest and disease problems.

K. tomentosa, related to Kalanchoe, has oblong, fuzzy, silver leaves tipped in red-brown and rarely yellow-green flowers. Also related, K. blossfeldiana has glossy green, oblong-ovate leaves with showy clusters or red, orange, pink, or yellow flowers.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are succulent, flattened, and toothed
  • Flowers are salverform, have 4 petals, and are in cymes
  • Flowers are sticky
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#tropical#evergreen#pink#showy flowers#yellow#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#succulent#purple flowers#pink flowers#red flowers#yellow flowers#orange flowers#interiorscape#rock gardens#fantz#dry soil
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#tropical#evergreen#pink#showy flowers#yellow#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#succulent#purple flowers#pink flowers#red flowers#yellow flowers#orange flowers#interiorscape#rock gardens#fantz#dry soil
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Kalanchoe
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa, Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Succulent
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are unscented, salverform, and fleshy. Corolla is 4-lobed and fleshy. Calyx is 4-lobed, fleshy, and small. Flowers have 8 stamens in 2 whorls of 4. They can be red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange in color. Inflorescence is a panicle of cymes.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, simple, toothed, fleshy, succulent, and flattened. They are often viviparous and form plantlets at leaf edges.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are fleshy and woody at the base.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems
    Frequent Insect Problems