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KALANCHOE fedtschenkoi 'Marginata'

Image of Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi 'Marginata'

James Burghardt

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

KALANCHOE fedtschenkoi 'Marginata'

Plant Common Name

Kalanchoe, Variegated Kalanchoe

General Description

Fondly known as lavender scallops, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi is a low, shrubby, spreading succulent from Madagascar. The cultivar 'Variegata' brings a different look to this popular ground-covering species, adding creamy pink markings to the small, oval, blue-gray, white-dusted leaves. The leaves may occasionally produce plantlets, which can drop to the ground and root. Spectacular clusters of dangling urn-shaped orange or red flowers with dusky pink calyces appear on erect stalks in winter and early spring. The blossoms attract hummingbirds. Flowering stems die after blooming.

Like most succulents, this one requires porous well-drained soil and ample light. It tolerates a couple degrees of frost. Water only when soil is dry. This plant thrives in full sun in moderate climates but needs midday shade in hot areas. Rejuvenate leggy old plants by pruning heavily, or grow new plants from cuttings stuck in sand. This succulent makes an exceptional subject for arid gardens and sunny greenhouses or windowsills. Kalanchoe fetschenkoi has escaped gardens in areas such as Maui and Kauai, where it is considered invasive.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple, Orange, Magenta

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes