• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Forms foliage clumps 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Unique Succulent Foliage
    Blooms:
    Mid-Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kal-un-KOH-ee thur-SEE-flor-uh
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Average landscape size:Forms foliage clumps 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Blooms:Mid-Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    Companion PlantsEcheveria (Echeveria); Sedum (Sedum); Aloe (Aloe); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Ice Plant (Delosperma)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires loose, porous, well-drained soils; does not tolerate soggy, poorly drained soils. Protect from intense afternoon sun in very hot summer regions. Water regularly during first growing season, or until well established; once established, reduce frequency. Prune to remove wayward, dead, or top-heavy growth.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    The origin of the name Kalanchoe is somewhat of a mystery - some say it was derived from the Chinese words 'Kalan Chauhuy' meaning "that which falls and grows", in reference to the plantlets that drop from many of the species, but others believe it is derived from the ancient Indian words 'kalanka' meaning "spot" or "rust" and 'chaya' meaning "glossy" in reference to the reddish glossy leaves.