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KALANCHOE delagoensis

Image of Kalanchoe delagoensis

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

KALANCHOE delagoensis

Plant Common Name

Madagascar Chandelier Plant

General Description

Vigorous and weedy, this shrubby Kalanchoe from southern Madagascar is among the easiest succulents to grow and the most difficult to control. It spreads prolifically by small plantlets that grow at the tips of the cylindrical, gray-green, maroon-blotched leaves. The plantlets drop to the ground and root, often invading neighboring areas of the garden or greenhouse. In winter and early spring plants bear candelabra-like clusters of magenta to orange, bell-shaped flowers that droop from the tips of long stalks. Hummingbirds flock to the flowers. Flower-producing stems die after blooming.

This frost-tender Kalanchoe is heat and drought tolerant, surviving in the most difficult soils. It makes a fine container plant, offering truly unique form and texture as well as vivid color. It can prove invasive in warm regions such as Australia and Hawaii, where it is considered a rank weed. Grow in full sun, with midday shade in hot climates.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Orange, Magenta

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes