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KALANCHOE blossfeldiana

Image of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

James Burghardt

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

KALANCHOE blossfeldiana

Plant Common Name

Flowering Kalanchoe

General Description

Flowering kalanchoe is a succulent tender perennial grown for its bright colorful flowers. This native of Madagascar is a neat, clump-forming evergreen with thick, glossy, oval-shaped green leaves that often have scalloped red edges. Its flowers naturally appear in late winter and spring, but greenhouse grown specimens are cultivated to bloom at all times of the year. The small, tubular flowers are borne on large branched clusters. They are long-lasting and come in vivid shades of red, orange, pink or yellow, depending on the cultivated variety.

For best growth provide flowering kalanchoe with bright light and average well-drained soil. It is wise to protect it from the scorching afternoon sun, especially in regions where summers are very hot. Most kalanchoe are drought resistant and sensitive to root and stem rot, so water sparingly.

It can be challenging to get this tender ornamental to re-bloom because flowering is triggered by short days and long nights. The best method is to provide it with ample and consistent natural daylight, which will allow its natural blooming cycle to take place.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Olive

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No