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Kalanchoe marmorata

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: marmorata (mar-mor-RAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Kalanchoe grandiflora
Synonym:Kalanchoe macrantha
Synonym:Kalanchoe somaliensis

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BarBQue On Dec 3, 2014, BarBQue from North Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I have two of these growing outside under an Ash tree in zone 8b. I was surprised, but thrilled to see flower buds at this time of year (December). I can't wait until they open to see what they look like!

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 Acton, CA (Zone 8b) 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:

Phoenix, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Los Angeles, California (3 reports)
Norwalk, California
Pleasant Hill, California
San Leandro, California
Simi Valley, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Brownsville, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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