Bryophyllum beauverdii, more commonly known as Kalanchoe, is a vine native to Madagascar. It is a small plant, usually growing no more than 2-5 feet tall. Its leaves are up to 2 inches long, and have unique black-violet color. While the plant prefers full sun, it is also able to thrive in semi-shade and requires moderate to occasional watering. It is a hardy plant and can be grown outdoors in USDA Zones 9-11.
Kalanchoes are great for garden beds as both a ground cover and a climber. Its unique leaves and flowers will add color and interest to your garden. As an indoor houseplant, Kalanchoe is one of the best gifts for gardeners, being easy to care for and long-lasting.
When planting Kalanchoe outdoors, ensure it is in well-drained soil in a sunny area. The plant prefers soil with a slightly low acidity. Water regularly but don't overwater - allowing the soil to dry out between watering can help prevent root rot. Mulching helps to provide the plant with a more consistent temperature, as well as retaining moisture in the soil.
For those living in colder regions, Kalanchoe can be grown in pots and stored in a cool, dry place during winter. During the colder months, water only occasionally, and avoid too much direct sunlight, as the strong sun can damage foliage.
Overall, Kalanchoe is a beautiful, vibrant plant with plenty of color to add to your outdoor and indoor garden. With regular care, you can enjoy its unique leaves and flowers for many years to come.