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Kalanchoe luciae

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: luciae (LOO-see-ay) (Info)

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Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Nov 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This makes a fantastic outdoor container plant here in New England. If kept indoors during the winter, it will send up a tall stem and flower, which is not very attractive. But the stem will bear lots of small plantlets which can be cut off and rooted in the spring.

Positive palmbob On Sep 30, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very common plant, often available at garden outlet stores and many nurseries that don't specialize in succulents. Often confused, as mentioned below, with the far less common Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, a plant with smaller, less-paddle-like leaves that rarely show any color change. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora leaves have a heavy white powedery tomentum on them that makes them look whitish. Most plants sold as Kalanchoe thyrsiflora are indeed Kalanchoe luciae.

Neutral BajaBlue On May 11, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I LOVE this plant! When I obtained a large one from a nursery in California, I inquired about hardiness, and was told that I should being in the first winter (I purchased it in October) but the following yeat if it remained outside the following year for all year ir would harden off the next winter and be able to tolerate zone 7 cold all winter outside. I never was able to test it because when we moved, the plant got lost some how )-((

I Do know that if kept inside in low light it gets leggy and grows a long trunk. Remember, this is a desert plant and needs strong light! When it gets that strong sunlight, it will color up as the days get shorter.

This is an absolutely precious plant and I cannot WAIT to welcome it back into our family!

Positive fenasbus On May 19, 2008, fenasbus from Anaheim, CA wrote:

Great color. I want to know though what is the proper care for the trunk? It's late May and we still have 3 feet of "pole" in the center of the plant and don't know whether to cut it down or not. How far do we cut it?

Positive robinsoutside On May 18, 2008, robinsoutside from Trophy Club, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Bought two in Su07 because I couldn't decide if I thought it was ugly or neat. Didn't know a thing about it. Couldn't believe how tall it got. Brought it in garage for winter & flower stems extended so high they fell over. Again, not knowing anything about them, we just chopped them off at the bottom & we already have lots of nice new red-edged growth. Love it.

Positive karensav On Jan 1, 2008, karensav from Savannah, GA wrote:

Excellent plant for containers, even in our humid climate. Mine had lovely red edges to the leaves, even in warm weather. I have it in ordinary potting soil covered with gravel. It spread by offshoots.

Neutral htop On Oct 26, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Its country of origin is South Africa.

Kalanchoe luciae has commonly been misidentified as Kalachoe thrysiflora which it resembles. Kalanchoe luciae has thick, 4 to 6 inch long by 2 to 5 inch wide, rounded leaves. During cool months, the leaf margin takes on a reddish hue. This only happens if the plant is grown in bright lighty; otherwise, the leaves remain uniformly green. Kalanchoe thrysiflora has similar foliage color, but its leaves are shorter and they do not turn as red in cool weather. Kalanchoe thrysiflora flowers are a darker yellow and have a sweeter fragrance.


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

Brewton, Alabama
Anaheim, California
Half Moon Bay, California
Hayward, California
Norwalk, California
Ramona, California
San Diego, California
Yorba Linda, California (2 reports)
Big Pine Key, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
North Port, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Safety Harbor, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Metairie, Louisiana
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Powell, Ohio
Canyon Lake, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Mission, Texas
Orange, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Roanoke, Texas

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