Kalanchoe beharensis, Velvet Leaf

Kalanchoe beharensis

Velvet Leaf
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: South Madagascar
USDA Zone: 11-12?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageUnusual colorSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Kalanchoe beharensis need full sun to part shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. Water sparingly at all times. The use of fertilizer is discouraged. They thrive in nutrient poor soils (equal amounts of loam and sand with gravel added for drainage). The stems are usually unbranched and may reach a height of 10 feet or more. Propagation: Kalanchoe beharensis is propagated by the removal of plants around the base of the main plant and by leaf cuttings. K.B.'Fang' is named for the stippled, fang-like texture on the underside of its leaves. A superb cultivar of beharensis. Habit of growth is similar to beharensis but the leaves are smaller. The leaves have brown margins in ideal light.

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