Among the most dramatic succulent plants, award-winning Kalanchoe luciae (Paddle Plant) is an impressive evergreen succulent with a basal rosette of thick, fleshy, rounded leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm) and 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm). Resembling clam shells, the jade green leaves are adorned by vibrant red-wine tips during the cooler winter months if grown in bright light. Attractive when not blooming, this Kalanchoe is particularly striking in late winter to early spring when a 2-3 ft. stem (60-90 cm), arises from its center, bearing clusters of pale yellow tubular flowers.
This plant is often confused with Kalanchoe thyrsiflora which sports shorter broad leaves, doesn't turn as red in winter and whose flowers are darker yellow and sweetly fragrant.
- Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). This plant spreads by offsets.
- Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade.. Drought, heat and salt tolerant.
- Protect from slugs and snails which permanently disfigure the leaves.
- The main rosette may die after flowering. If you want new plants, harvest each cluster with a few inches of stem and start them as cuttings.
- Excellent for coastal gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Perfect for containers where spectacular floral arrangements can be created.
- Native to South Africa