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Kalanchoe tomentosa

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: tomentosa (toh-men-TOH-suh) (Info)

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34 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

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 leaf cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rare440 On Oct 23, 2012, Rare440 from Hondo, TX wrote:

The Kalachoe Tomentosa has to be one of the easiest (if not THE easiest) plant I've ever made rooting cuttings from. In fact, I didn't even have to make the cuttings; several leaves broke off when I unwrapped the plant from its shipping box (I bought it on Ebay), so I decided to see if they would root, as I had read. About two weeks after laying the leaves out on my patio table, I saw tiny roots poking out from the calloused end. I couldn't be happier. Now, I'm trying the same thing with some leaf cuttings from my Kalanchoe Beharensis "Fang." So far, so good!

Negative CactusDog On Nov 27, 2010, CactusDog from Payson, UT wrote:

I love this plant, and have a large mother plant that i love. I am very experienced in propagating cuttings of many different kinds, and from what i have read about the kalanchoe tomentosa, it seemed easy enough to propagate, so i have tried. many times. I have attempted to propagate over 40 cuttings, with only one success. So, i guess this just isnt the easiest plant to propagate through cuttings.

Positive GranvilleSouth On Feb 21, 2008, GranvilleSouth from (Zone 10a) wrote:

Not your typical succulent but it grows on you with its little spots & fuzzy leaves. I have never seen one flower or ever found a picture of one flowering, despite a fair bit of looking. There is a mystery to this plant in that way for me.

Positive meryl1cat On Oct 14, 2007, meryl1cat from Chippenham
United Kingdom wrote:

Just discovered this plant in a charity sale, new to me but should survive well as I forget to water all houseplants.

Positive palmbob On Aug 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

there are many cultivars of this species available at common nurseries, so if your plant doesn't look exactly like the ones in the photos here, don't be alarmed.. probably still a K tomentosa. Some have huge leaves, some dinky, some skinny, some white, some dark etc.

Positive greenlarry On Jul 27, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

A very attractive if slow growing plant. One to keep!

Positive dieter67 On Oct 6, 2003, dieter67 from Henderson, NV (Zone 10a) wrote:

UPDATE! I just moved my beloved kalanchoe tomentosa into a pot twice the size, and it's moving right in. We've had cooler weather lately, and growing is sort of slow.

When I prune my Kalanchoe tomentosa, I place it in another pot, which I give away to family or friends. I know this plant does well in Lancaster, CA, as I gave a cutting to my 89 year-old grandmother. The plant survived 112F temperatures, and was placed in a covered patio when the winter temperatures regularly fell into the 10-20F range. Have fun!

Neutral tiredwabbit On Aug 21, 2001, tiredwabbit from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Tips of this plant get a brown (almost rusty color) on the edges. It has a furry texture.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Maricopa, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Capistrano Beach, California
Carlsbad, California
Ceres, California
Clayton, California
Culver City, California
Lancaster, California
Mountain View, California
Oak View, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Barbara, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Valley Village, California
Van Nuys, California
Vista, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Volcano, Hawaii
Orangeburg, New York
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Lafayette, Tennessee
Andrews, Texas
Hondo, Texas

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