Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe spp.

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This genus comprises 138 species of mainly shrubs and trees, or perennial succulent plants, with a few annual or biennial members. They are mostly native to Madagascar and tropical Africa, with a few from Southeastern Asia and one from North America. All species have fleshy stems and fleshy leaves, arranged in opposite pairs. Some species are grown in cultivation as rockery or succulent garden plants, or houseplants. The attractive tubular flowers come in a variety of colours, and little plantlets can be borne along leaf margins (common to species such as K. daigremontiana or “Mother-of-Thousands”). Parts of some Kalanchoe species can be poisonous to people and pets if ingested.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Winter

Propagation

Division

Remove and re-plant offsets in spring

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Compost, Loam, Sand

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red, Orange, Multicoloured, Yellow

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