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Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier'

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


Cactus and Succulents


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage




Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Carlsbad, California

Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California

El Macero, California

San Jose, California

Arcadia, Florida

Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Orangeburg, New York

Dallas, Oregon

Andrews, Texas

Arlington, Texas

League City, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 8, 2013, DracoVolans from Crestline, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mine were part of one of those multiple succulent planters you can get at the hardware store (Lowe's in my case), and I have to say I'm fascinated by the fuzziness and colour of this little kalancoe. I'll have to bring it in during the winters here, but it seems to be doing fine, otherwise. Only beef is that is hasn't kept to that compact form I was so drawn to and has gotten a tad leggy, despite being in full sun and left alone to weather out the drought of summer. I do water it, just to keep the other succulents in the pot alive. LOL.


On May 3, 2013, CDavison from Escondido, CA wrote:

I started growing Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' in my garden in Escondido, CA zone 9b, in December of 2012. It bloomed for the first time in April 2013, a cluster of tubular flowers on top of a rather long bloom spike with the inner color being brown.