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|Positive ||suguy ||On Jan 19, 2012, suguy from Simi Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This Kalanchoe grows vigorously for me -- doing well in large containers.
The plant structure is very striking with bold, pale green foliage.
The white, star-shaped blooms come in large clusters (starting in mid-January here in So-Cal).
|Neutral ||palmbob ||On Feb 20, 2005, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Not sure why this plant is labeled as 10b... I have grown if for years in zone 9b and hadn't had too many problems (it does get a bit unhappy with frosts, but other than a bit of leaf damage, frost hasn't done too much damage (down to 24F!!). This is a well known and very commonly sold plant in southern California and I've seen it grown in lots of gardens. Hmmm. Known for its wide pale green to tan leaves with a wavy edge (not smooth) that are spotted black. Flowers white, profuse in winter but not terribly attractive.
Interestingly Kalanchoe grandiflora is supposed to be a synonym, yet plants labeled as such are definitely different in appearance- have deep, almost metallic, blue-green leaves without spots, and leaves don't have the 'decalled' bumpy edge (spelling?) like the K marmorata leaves do... just a hint of 'bumps' or decalling at the tips. These plants tend to be squatter and thicker, while K mormorata can get quite tall (up to 3-4' tall). Anyway, may still be the same species, just a 'variety'. Haven't seen this one variety flower yet- probably identical?
2012 Kew Plant lists K grandiflora as its own species now... will move photos.
|Neutral ||Monocromatico ||On Jul 22, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
I had this plant years ago. I didnīt have sucess ebcause the soil conditions were not adequade. It needs a very well drained soil, preferably sandy ones. It also needs full sun or a few hours of shade every day, and regular waterings.
This species of Kalanchoe is grow for its folliage. Leaves are thick, yellow-greenish with brown spots. I never saw the flowers. I wish I knew more about it the time I had it.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Los Angeles, California (3 reports)
Pleasant Hill, California
San Leandro, California
Simi Valley, California
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Corpus Christi, Texas
San Antonio, Texas