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Northern White Lady

Kalanchoe luciae

Also known as

Flapjack Plant, Flipping Pancakes, Paddle Kalanchoe, Paddle Plant, Red Pancakes, Desert Cabbage, Dog Tongue, Pancake Plant, Geelplakkie, Plakkie, Voëlbrandewyn (Afr.)

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe luciae) 3 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Northern White Lady Overview

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. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Northern White Lady

Slugs and snails as well as other nibbling insects.

How to propagate Northern White Lady


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.

Special features of Northern White Lady

Attracts birds

Nectar-rich flowers attrack birds like sunbirds

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Attractive flowers

Pretty yellow bell-shaped flowers.

Attractive leaves

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.

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Northern White Lady

Other uses