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Kalanchoe prolifera

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: prolifera (pro-LEEF-er-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Bryophyllum proliferum

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Toni05 On Nov 21, 2008, Toni05 from Brookfield, IL wrote:

I got my Kalanchoe prolifera 4-5 years ago. BTW, I live in the midwest, zone 5.
It grew a little over 4' (about 7" when purchased) the first 2 1/2 years. In 2006 there was a family problem during winter, so I neglected many plants including the prolifera..April of 2007, I was about to discard since the plant had died, so I thought. After close inspection, little green sprouts were popping up in different sections of soil.
I'm happy to say, it's now nearing 5', and quite healthy.
It is summered outdoors, wintered in a cool room, west windows.
K prolifera can be grown in colder areas/low zones, but needs bright light, frequent repottings, and space. Toni

Positive nomosno On Jun 9, 2008, nomosno from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I love kalanchoes in general but I especially really love this plant. Slow growing so it is easy to control but quite prolific once established. Any part of the plant can be used for propagation. It generates lots of mini-plants on the tips of the flower stalks. It dies after flowering and I tried to "save" on by cutting off the flower stalk but then it kept bringing up new ones from the bases of the leaves and died anyway.

Positive Chuck1260 On Jul 7, 2005, Chuck1260 from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

I grow them in pots. Usually 4 or 5 stems in a 15 gallon container. The plant gets about 6 feet tall and the inflorescens gets another three feet tall. Stem dies but shoots form just below where it dies and there are lots of plantlets to stick in the pots. I like the color of the leaves and the shape and texture of the plant. It is a real show stopper just before it blooms. None of mine have fallen over and I do not stake them. Great plant for the right situation, not for tiny gardens or windowsills.

Neutral Kelli On Jun 24, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

My experience has been that it takes two years for a plant to get to blooming size. The stalk the has bloomed slowly dies back after blooming. Plantlets are formed around the flowers, rather than on the leaves. Some tendency to get mealy bugs.

Positive palmbob On Aug 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a fast growing succulent that forms what looks like a green, ringed trunk (up to 10' tall). Usually, before it actually gets that tall, it falls over and continues to grow along the ground, slowly curving up again... the stem where it fell can grow roots, too... sort of becomse invasive that way. I am pretty sure leaves that fall off may also root. Interesting and exotic looking shrub- mine has survived multiple frosts with minimal damage, and though I wouldn't recommend it for really cold areas, it sure seems to thrive in zone 9b. Leaves somewhat reminiscent to mother of thousands (without the dinky little leaflets along the leaf margins). In bright sun will develop some pink/red coloration.


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

Arroyo Grande, California
Baywood-los Osos, California
Canoga Park, California
Carlsbad, California
Hayward, California
Huntington Beach, California
San Diego, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Opelousas, Louisiana

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