Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, Kalanchoe

Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliageSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi, otherwise known as Kalanchoe, is a small plant native to Madagascar that can grow 2-5 feet in height. It is an extremely ornamental species, containing leaves of bluish-green hue with brown margins that can take on a pink hue when exposed to a sufficient amount of full sun. These foliage-rich plants are hardy in USDA Zones 9-11, and are typically seen in seaside climates due to their salt tolerance.

The flowers of Bryophyllum fedtchenkoi are vinous in colour, ranging from a deep red to a crimson hue, with their inflorescence reaching 12" tall. The blooms are incredibly attractive, making it a popular choice for gardeners.

Growing this bushy-branched specimen is easy - and it can be done in pots for those living in colder climates. When planting in pots, it is important to use a well-draining material, and avoid moist and waterlogged conditions for best results. Moderately watering about once a week during dry seasons, and keeping the plant in plenty of full sun should not pose too much of a challenge, and should allow the Kalanchoe to thrive.

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