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PlantFiles: Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe laetivirens

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: laetivirens (lay-tee-VY-rens) (Info)

Synonym:Bryophyllum laetivirens
Synonym:Bryophyllum crenatodaigremontianum
Synonym:Bryophyllum crenatum X daigremontianum

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Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral rntx22 On May 14, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I acquired this plant on accident. I was purchasing several other succulents and one of the little plantlets stowed away. It grows very easily, takes lots of abuse. I am constantly having to get rid of all the millions of little plants that fall off and sprout everywhere!

Positive htop On Feb 14, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bryophyllum 'Crenatodaigremontianuma' is a horticultural hybrid between Bryophyllum crenatum and Bryophyllum daigremontianum. I think it was originally Kalanchoe HBG 73004, a hybrid from Huntington Botanic Gardens. It was renamed from Kalanchoe laetivirens to Bryophyllum 'Crenatodaigremontianuma'. I have seen this plant listed as Bryophyllum 'Big Momma'.

It has broad pale green leaves which, when mature, have distinctive ear-shaped lobes at the leaf bases. Many plantlets also form at the edges of mature leaves. The edges of the leaves may have a rosey-mauve color depending upon the time of year, the temperatures in its growing environment, the age of the plant and the amount of sunlight it receives. After 3 years mine finally bloomed in January after placing it in my heated greenhouse where it receives a lot of humidity. It is usually propagated by plantlets, leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. The blooms on mine are a pale pinkish lavender to pale lavender with pale green on some blooms. The bloom stems are a rosey-lavenderish color as well. I really like this plant because it does not grow as tall (therefore, is more compact) as my Bryophyllum daigremontianum which has to be staked and because it can be grown in a hanging basket. Its trunk is upright and stout so it does not fall over easily. It needs to be protected from freezing temperatures.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Canoga Park, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Brandon, Florida
North Port, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Rossville, Georgia
Youngsville, Louisiana
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Deer Park, Texas
Houston, Texas
La Porte, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Stafford, Texas

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