Plant Family / Kalanchoe
Kalanchoes are easy-care succulents which add bold shapes and color to gardens and containers. Valued for their unusual foliage or their colorful blooms, they belong to a diverse group. Their leaves vary from paddle-shaped (Kalanchoe luciae) to ones that resemble plush rabbit ears (Kalanchoe tomentosa) or fuzzy elephant ears (Kalanchoe beharensis). Their flowers vary from clusters of tiny stars to bean-sized bells. They are available in a wide range of colors, from the brilliant reds, oranges, and hot pinks, to soft corals, pinks, and white. Frost tender, they grow well in full sun or bright light and should be kept on the dry side except when in bloom.
Noted for its eccentric appearance, award-winning Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang' (Felt Plant) is a bushy, often tree-like perennial succulent, with velvety, triangular to lance-shaped, long-stalked leaves. Bronze on the upper surface, with silver-gray undersides, the large fleshy leaves are covered with fine silver hairs and display many gnarly, fang-like protuberances
Beloved for its bright, colorful flowers, award-winning Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Flaming Kathy) is a bushy evergreen succulent with thick, shiny, dark green leaves with scalloped edges. It is mostly grown for its large umbels of flower clusters held above the foliage.
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 with vibrant red-wine tips during the cooler winter months
Kalanchoe marnieriana (Marnier's Kalanchoe) is an evergreen succulent subshrub with flat, rounded, blue-green leaves. Paddle-shaped, the leaves are arranged oppositely and resemble clam shells. They are adorned with vibrant red-wine tips during the cooler winter months if grown in bright light.