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Desert Rose Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora 'Desert Rose'

Prized for its thick, round, paddle-shaped succulent foliage, with a chalky blue-green color and red tinge that intensifies in full sun. Clusters of yellow flowers on spikes appear on mature plants. Provides dramatic color and texture in rock gardens or xeriscapes. Easily grown in containers, indoors or out. A frost-tender evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationkal-un-KOH-ee thur-sih-FLOR-uh
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityForms foliage clumps 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeMid-Spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitRounded
Landscape UseContainer, Rock Garden, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsEcheveria (Echeveria); Sedum (Sedum); Aloe (Aloe); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Ice Plant (Delosperma)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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