Kalanchoe is a genus of 150-200 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants. In the family Crassulaceae and native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. Although, there are a number of Asian species in cultivation as well. One of the things that sets Kalanchoes apart from other members of the Crassulaceae, are having 4 petals instead of 5. All Kalanchoe species have succulent leaves, some fuzzy, some smooth. They thrive in arid environments, making them popular succulents. Plant enthusiasts are drawn to Kalanchoe for their ease of care and interesting leaves and flowers. Available in pretty shades like red, pink, yellow, and white. Commonly found at most grocery stores (especially Kalanchoe blossfeldiana aka supermarket kalanchoe), nurseries, and florists, especially around the holidays.
Kalanchoes require lots of light, although they can survive with bright indirect sunlight. Needs water, only when the soil is completely dry. Blooms consistently throughout the year in response to daylight. Fun fact: Kalanchoe was one of the first plants to be sent into space. Sent on a resupply to the Soviet Salyut 1 space station in 1979. Check out our Kalanchoe Variety Gallery below.
Kalanchoe beharensis varieties
There are several Kalanchoe beharensis varieties to choose from. Here are some of my favorites:
- Kalanchoe beharensis (Napoleon’s Hat, fuzzy)
- Kalanchoe beharensis var. subnuda ‘Blue Slick’
- Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Oak Leaf’ (fuzzy)
- Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Brown Dwarf’ (fuzzy)
- Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’ (fuzzy)
- Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Roseleaf’ (fuzzy)