Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ Aurora Borealis

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ Aurora Borealis is commonly known as Variegated Lavender Scallops. An attractive succulent that is prized for bright ivory margins along highly scalloped leaves. These cream edges cast a soft pink band when exposed to increased light. The variegation on this plant is variable. Some leaves can be totally white, while others totally pink or blue. Low-growing perennial succulent, typically reaching 1 to 2 feet tall. 
Pretty flowers grow from the tips of compact foliage on this Madagascar native. One of the really cool things about this plant is the way it creates little plant babies on the edges of each leaf. In winter, look for small bell-shaped flowers. The pink flowers dangle from upright stems. When repotting, take care in handling as the leaves are somewhat brittle & can snap easily. Propagate fedtschenkoi from seeds, cuttings, or plantlets. Enjoys full sun, bright light for a minimum of 6 hours per day. Allow the plant to dry out completely between watering. K. fedtschenkoi “Aurora Borealis” can get quite large over time but can be trimmed to keep a smaller size.
Water

Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Requires less water in winter.

Planting

Use caution when replanting as the leaves are a little brittle and may snap when handled.

Propagation

Lavender Scallops can be propagated from seed or stem cuttings. Babies develop on leaf tips.

Soil

Prefers a well draining potting soil. Add pumice or perlite to regular potting soil.

Fertilizer

Feed the plant bi-weekly with a liquid fertilizer throughout the summer months.

Light & Temperature

Prefers full sun to indirect light. Winter hardy in (USDA Zones) hardiness zone 9b or warmer.

Learn more about succulent water propagation here or succulent leaf propagation here.

The most common names for Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi Variegata or Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Variegata are K. fedtschenkoi “Aurora Borealis”, Aurora Borealis, Variegated Lavender Scallops, Fedtschenkoi Marginata, Rosy Dawn, fedtschenkoi f. variegata, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Marginata’, Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Marginata “Aurora Borealis”, ‘Northern Lights’, Lavender Scallops, Variegated Lavender Scallops, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Marginata’, Variegated Scallops, Variegated Kalanchoe Stonecrop, Variegated Calanchoe, or Variegated Kalanchoe cat grape.

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi is pronounced kal-un-KOH-ee fed-tscheng-koh-eye and it gets it’s name fedtschenkoi in honor of botanist Boris Fedtschenko (1873-1947). Want to learn about other Kalanchoe varieties? Visit our Kalanchoe Gallery here.

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2 thoughts on “Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ Aurora Borealis”

  1. Hi
    I love this plant. My daughter gave me a cutting that is pure glowing ivory in color singed with soft pink. Will a plant that has so little chlorophyll survive? I want to keep this gorgeous ghost as white as I can. Will it need special fertilizer?
    THANK YOU.
    Chris

    1. How pretty! Yes, it will survive. Keep in mind it will grow slower. No special fertilizer is needed. Have a great day and happy growing!

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