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Mother of Thousands

Bryophyllum daigremontianum

Also known as

Devil's Backbone, Mexican Hat Plant, Alligator Plant, Maternity Plant

Bryophyllum daigremontianum nahaufnahme2 by CrazyD (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


This plant has no fragrance

More images of Mother of Thousands

A close up of a green Bryophyllum daigremontianum plant
A close up of a Bryophyllum daigremontianum plantlet on a leaf
A hand holding some Kalanchoe daigremontianum propagations
A group of pink Bryophyllum daigremontianum flowers

Mother of Thousands Overview

Bryophyllum daigremontianum has many common names, including Devil's Backbone, Mexican Hat Plant, Alligator Plant and Mother of Thousands. Historically, this species was included within the genus Kalanchoe, and it is sometimes called Kalanchoe daigremontiana or Bryophyllum daigremontiana. Devil's Backbone is a succulent perennial from the Crassulaceae family, originating from Madagascar. Flowers are pretty, bell-shaped and coloured pink. These are borne on long stems above the leaves. However, this is very commonly grown as a houseplant more for its attractive foliage and interesting method of reproduction. This species produces clonal plantlets from the edges of its leaves – these develop on the mother plant for some time, growing roots, and eventually dropping off to form new individuals. The common name Mother of Thousands comes from this vegetative reproduction method, making these species very easy to propagate. With little effort, you can produce many, many plants from one specimen!

Common problems with Mother of Thousands

How to propagate Mother of Thousands


Special features of Mother of Thousands

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant