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Kalanchoe farinacea, Mealy Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe farinacea

Mealy Kalanchoe
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Sout Yemen (Socotra)
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsRed, crimson, vinous flowers

Kalanchoe farinacea, or Mealy Kalanchoe, is a small shrub native to the island of Socotra in South Yemen. Growing up to a maximum of 5 feet in height, the plant has simple, fleshy, oblong leaves measuring up to 1 inch in length. Its striking beauty comes from its red, crimson, and often vinous flowers, which tend to be located mostly in the upper part of the plant and can be seen in the summer and winter months.

Caring for a Mealy Kalanchoe is relatively straightforward. When planting, it is best to give the shrub full sun and semi-shade, although it can survive in full shade as well. Watering should be moderate and when temperatures drop, you should reduce the amount of water given to the shrub and make sure the soil is dry before watering again. The plant can survive in dry conditions, but make sure never to let it dry out completely.

In colder regions, Mealy Kalanchoe can be grown in a pot, however you should take extra care when doing so. Make sure you keep the pot moist but not wet, and move it to a sheltered area that is free from extreme cold temperatures. It is also important that the pot has drainage holes so that the soil doesn't get waterlogged as this could prove detrimental to the plant's health.

Mealy Kalanchoe thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones of 9-11, although you may see some success in Zone 8, with a bit of extra care. If you are looking for a striking and vibrant addition to your garden, the Mealy Kalanchoe is an excellent choice. With the proper care and attention, you can get many years of enjoyment from these plants.



Kalanchoe farinacea, Mealy Kalanchoe
Wild Kalanchoe farinacea, Socotra
Kalanchoe farinacea, Mealy Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe farinacea, Mealy Kalanchoe


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Kalanchoe figuereidoi, Kalanchoe humilis 'Figuereidoi', Desert Surprise

Kalanchoe figuereidoi, Kalanchoe humilis 'Figuereidoi'

Desert Surprise
Family: Crassulaceae
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliage

Kalanchoe figuereidoi, Kalanchoe humilis 'Figuereidoi', Desert Surprise
Kalanchoe figuereidoi, Kalanchoe humilis 'Figuereidoi', Desert Surprise
Kalanchoe figuereidoi, Kalanchoe humilis 'Figuereidoi', Desert Surprise
Kalanchoe figuereidoi, Kalanchoe humilis 'Figuereidoi', Desert Surprise


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Kalanchoe laciniata, Christmas Tree Plant

Kalanchoe laciniata

Christmas Tree Plant
Family: Crassulaceae
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageYellow, orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Seaside, salt tolerant plant

Attractive divided leaves has a fleshy root. During late summer the yellowish-orange flowers appear. Kalanchoe laciniata is employed as an external medicine in India.





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Kalanchoe luciae, Paddle Leaf, Flapjacks, Desert Cabbage

Kalanchoe luciae

Paddle Leaf, Flapjacks, Desert Cabbage
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This Kalanchoe has large paddle-shaped leaves which redden beautifully from the margins in direct sunlight. Leaves can grow to be 6 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. It will form a lovely clump over time. Very similar to Kalanchoe tetraphylla.





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Kalanchoe marmorata, Kalanchoe grandiflora, Penwiper Plant

Kalanchoe marmorata, Kalanchoe grandiflora

Penwiper Plant
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: East Africa
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersOrnamental foliageSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Paddle shaped blue-green leaves with spectacular purple markings. Offsets and grows into beautiful clump. Produces large white flowers in clumps.





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Kalanchoe millotii, Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe millotii

Kalanchoe
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowers

Branched, hairy shrub;leaves covered with hairs; pink or yellow flowers. The young Kalanchoe millotii resemble a Cotyledon ladismithiensis.



Kalanchoe millotii, Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe millotii, Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe millotii, Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe millotii, Kalanchoe


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Kalanchoe mortagei, Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe mortagei

Kalanchoe
Family: Crassulaceae
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowers



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Kalanchoe orgyalis , Bronze Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe orgyalis

Bronze Kalanchoe
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliage

Silver-gray leaves take on a beautiful bronze "flocking" in ideal light. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.





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Kalanchoe pumila, Blue Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe pumila

Blue Kalanchoe
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed, crimson, vinous flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Kalanchoe pumila, commonly known as Blue Kalanchoe, is an ideal ornamental and low maintenance groundcover for USDA zones 9-11. It is a small, trailing succulent that typically grows between 2 to 4 feet tall and contains a bold contrast of stunning foliage with its stunning blue leaves, and pink wavy margins. It grows best in full sun or semi-shade environments, and requires moderate water and good drainage; in times of drought, water should be reduced and reduced again to prevent water-logging of the root systems and accompanying rot.

The Blue Kalanchoe is also highly valued for its small clusters of either red or deep crimson vinous flowers, attracting wildlife to the garden and bringing a beautiful contrast to the general summer garden planting. Its salt tolerant, making it ideal for seaside gardens, and generally drought tolerant attitude, makes it highly carefree and ideal for low-maintenance planting.

If you plan to grow your Blue Kalanchoe in a pot, then it is important to match the size of the pot to the size of the mature plant, reducing the drainage holes and with a decent quality potting mix. In cold regions, it is recommended to bring the potted plant inside over winter unless you have a nice warm and protected micro climate. Container plantings need less water, so over-watering can lead to root rot, while too little water may cause the succulent to collapse.

Overall, Kalanchoe pumila is a great option for low-maintenance groundcover that comes with great ornamental foliage and beautiful flowers. It is drought tolerant, salt tolerant and can thrive in full sun or semi-shade, with moderate water, making it ideal for most gardens, particularly for USDA zone 9-11. This is one of the most low-maintenance and rewarding plants you can have in the garden.





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Kalanchoe rhombopilosa, Pies from Heaven

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa

Pies from Heaven
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliage

This small shrub is native to the mountainous regions of Madagascar and is a joy to behold. Growing up to 2-5 ft tall in full sun or semi-shaded outdoor settings, Kalanchoe rhombopilosa is an easy to grow and relatively low maintenance addition to any garden. It performs best in dryer to moderately watered soils and can also handle dry conditions.

The ornamental foliage of Kalanchoe rhombopilosa can often be seen as an eye catching feature in many Garden of Excellence or as a showstopper in any rock garden or potted setting. It is hardy in the USDA zones 9-11 and can survive in some colder climates with a little extra care. When growing Kalanchoe rhombopilosa in colder areas, a pot placed in a sheltered location is best, ensuring that it receives some protection from extreme temperatures. Utilizing non-porousmaterials such as pebbles, and mulch are a good way to retain the shallow moisture, and help protect the plant from any heat and stress.

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa does best in full sunlight or in semi-shaded spots. Make sure to apply a slow-release fertilizer regularly, check the soil moisture, and provide adequate drainage, especially during the summer months as having generous amounts of water and humidity can Kalanchoe rhombopilosa's susceptibility to foliar diseases. Furthermore, be sure to aerate and loosen the soil often and look out for potential pests such as aphids and slugs.

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa is a stunning and low maintenance addition to any garden. With its triangular shaped silver-green leaves, spectacular brown markings and green-yellow flowers with red lines, Pies from Heaven is sure to be a talking point for years to come.





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