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PlantFiles: Pink Mother of Thousands
Kalanchoe 'Pink Butterflies'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Butterflies
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pink Sparkler)


23 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By air layering
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral nana_ann On May 19, 2013, nana_ann from Chandler, AZ wrote:

Updating source: Just bought this from Lowes in Chandler, Az in the succulent area. It had a Lowes Plant Information label & no add'l information about a private growing source.

Positive seedpicker_TX On Jul 14, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

To add to your reference, glasshouseworks is selling this and they are calling it yet another name: 'Pink Teeth'.

Neutral macybee On Jul 6, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Well it has been a year. Would like to hear from you.
Per the Huntington Library:
Kalanchoe 'Hybrida' variegated. Last year we published a new name for this plant that Steve Jankalski pointed out was a variegated form of K 'Houghton's Hybrid' (K dalgremontiana x K delagoensis). Gordon Rowley brought to my attention Harry Mak's Photo Album of Succulents, Vol 3 (2003) in which I noticed that Mak had already named this cultivar K 'Pink Butterflies', a fitting allusion to the appearance of the plantlets that line the leaf margins. This name has priority over Jankalski's K 'Pink Sparkler'.

Positive palmbob On Jul 6, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

unusual pink-leaved form of Bryophyllum that is actually not a true Mother of Thousands, as it is supposed to have noninvasive plantlets- unlike most of the other forms of this plant, these pink plantlets are supposedly unable to root, so there is no danger in planting this one in the garden and having it everywhere... I will let you know in a year if that is so.

I year later, and this plant is still safely growing in a pot with other succulents, and no success at spreading it's progeny about the yard. So it does appear to be a safe plant!


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

Chandler, Arizona
Glendale, Arizona
Brea, California
Carson, California
Los Angeles, California
Vista, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Gonzales, Louisiana
Cleveland, Ohio

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