Paddle Plant, Red Pancakes, Desert Cabbage, Dog Tongue, Pancake Plant, Northern White Lady, Flapjack Plant, Flipping Pancakes
This succulent species has large, thick, spatula- to circular-shaped leaves that have a wide reddish tinge along their edges. Younger leaves and stems have a white, powdery coating which acts as protection from the sun and harsh environments. The younger inner leaves are upright and parallel, as they age they slant slightly outwards and often develop wavy edges. The plant produces numerous offsets throughout its life, ensuring replacements.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Cuttings root easily in well-draining mixtures.
Sow seed in sandy soil mix and keep moist.
New roots form where the succulent stem touches the soil. Cut off and replant.
Nectar-rich flowers attrack birds like sunbirds
Attracts useful insects
Pretty yellow bell-shaped flowers.
The fleshy round leaves, resembling Flap Jacks, die back after flowering, but soon new ones emerge. The red border disappear in shade or with regular watering.
South Africa, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Slugs and snails as well as other nibbling insects.
Kalanchoe luciae by Werner Voigt, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2005. Updated October 2017. Revised by Andrew Hankey, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, August 2019 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)