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Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi 'Marginata'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: fedtschenkoi (fed-tscheng-koh-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Marginata

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 5Congas On Mar 3, 2015, 5Congas from West Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

The plants pictured are not 'Aurora Borealis', which is variegated in the center of the leaves, instead of the edges (marginata) and has different color tones.

Positive GravelGardner On May 2, 2014, GravelGardner from Apache Junction, AZ wrote:

In Gold Canyon, AZ this plant is easily grown in morning sun or filtered afternoon shade. Cuttings root quickly in a clay/sand soil mixture. Great in rock gardens with bi-weekly watering during the hot summer temperatures. The very long lasting pink blossoms bloom profusely on 2 ft tall spikes in early spring (January to February). Hummingbirds love it! In 2 years one cutting will spread to many. It has been hardy to about 28. I have successfully covered it with frost cloth, too. It has not been bothered by any insects.

Positive buenavistahh On Feb 17, 2013, buenavistahh from Holly Hill, FL wrote:

i got some cuttings from a friends yard, and just put them in the ground. i livein daytona beach, fl. it took a couple years, but they have grown and spread and are now in full bloom. we have had several nights in the 30's this year, but they are still thriving! absolutely beautiful plant, and for me, easy to grow.

Positive Darmananda On Jul 2, 2008, Darmananda from New Iberia, LA wrote:

For a long time I didn't know what the name of this plant was. I had it in a very small pot and I treated it as a houseplant. It got filtered bright light from my glass wall. When it grew a lot taller, the stem of the plant wanted to hang down. I let it be. And then the leaves started twisting and curving in interesting ways. Now I have it in a hanging basket outdoors. It will get half day sun. Getting a direct sun makes the outlines of the leaves turn pink (a lot pinker than what is shown in the pictures). It is not demanding and so far, it is free of bugs and pests. I have yet to find out what kind of flowers mine will bloom but the foliage alone is worth it. A must have for people who enjoy exotic and unusual plants that require minimal attention/water. Mine falls one zone outside this plant's hardiness (zone 9b) but we will find out. That's why I haven't planted it on the ground just in case.


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

Gold Canyon, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Huntington Beach, California
Santee, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Mandeville, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Canton, Mississippi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carrollton, Texas

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