Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Mother of Thousands) is a small shrub grown in USDA Zones 9-11 that grows 2 to 5 feet tall and makes an excellent ornamental foliage and flowers in landscape. This succulent African native enjoys a warm climate but can survive dry conditions and the salt of the seaside. Growing in full sun or partial shade and receiving adequate rainfall, this evergreen plant displays showy flowers in shades of pink, red and crimson.
To care for your Mother of Thousands succulent, place in a sunny location with good air circulation in a well draining soil. Keep it moist during the spring and summer months, allowing the top few inches of soil to dry slightly between waterings, and reduce watering during the winter months. Adding a little bit of fertilizer in the summer months will ensure your Bryophyllum daigremontianum produces healthy leaves and flowers.
If you'd like to grow Mother of Thousands in cold regions, you can create a suitable environment in a container and bring it inside during the winter. When potted, use cactus soil or a soil made of equal parts of sand, peat moss, and potting soil, and use a container with drainage holes. While it is better to keep it in a warm spot, it can survive cooler temperatures, such as a garage or a cool basement, if you allow some direct sunlight. Additionally, you can use a grow light to ensure your Bryophyllum daigremontianum gets the light it needs. Make sure to keep it moist, but not too wet, and repot as needed.
Mother of Thousands is not only an ornamental plant, but it serves as a traditional medicine plant with ethnomedical properties. Its sap can be quite irritating, so be sure you wear gloves when handling it. In conclusion, this attractive succulent is a great and easy-to-grow addition to your garden or container, and its drought tolerance makes it a valuable part of coastal, low-water gardens.