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KALANCHOE tomentosa

Image of Kalanchoe tomentosa

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

KALANCHOE tomentosa

Plant Common Name

Panda Plant

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Affectionately known as bunny ears after the shape of the soft fuzzy gray leaves, this popular succulent is easy to grow and quite resilient both in ground and in containers. This is a very unique species native to the island of Madagascar where the succulent plants evolved pubescence or fine hairs to protect against sunburn. There plants must tolerate high heat and long periods of drought to survive, making this an ideal low desert garden plant for unique foliage interest. It is low growing, branching generously to produce numerous tips that bear dense clusters of gray leaves.

These plants do not bloom as often as other succulents and are grown primarily for their foliage. When it does flower, spikes bear gray bell shaped blooms with interesting brown accents, all just as pubescent as the foliage. These plants prefer very sandy porous soil with regular feeding to keep growth consistent. They have a tendency to slow and sometimes halt growth when conditions are not ideal. Position this plant where it receives filtered sunlight or morning exposures and feed often but at half strength. Utilize the soft gray coloring against rigid, shiny succulents or fine textured plants to create provocative high contrast compositions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Brown, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Brown, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Brown, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Brown, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No