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Walking Kalanchoe, Cup Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe synsepala

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: synsepala (sin-SEP-al-uh) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Glendale, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Brea, California

Carlsbad, California

Long Beach, California

Sebastopol, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Woodcrest, California

Holmes Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 21, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- This Kalanchoe does well in my pots, but also in the ground. A 3 year old plant in the ground is doing well in a harsh site, having deep shade in winter and strong afternoon sun in summer. It survived a major 22-night long freeze event in Dec/Jan. 2013 as low as 24F, albeit under the cover of a 6 foot tall fabric cold frame. The bed it is in is watered about once a month in summer and not at all in winter.
One issue with potted plants is that the large leaves sunburn easily when moved outdoors in the spring.


On Jan 2, 2006, Leeanna from Sarasota, FL wrote:

Easy to grow. Grows well in a hanging basket outside all year. Never left out so far below 37 degrees.


On Nov 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

low growing fuzzy (new leaves only) copper-leaved plant with long, lancelote leaves and tubular, somewhat dull white flowers in fall. From Madagascar.

Note: more common form is wide, plastic-leaf form with bright green coloration and pink margins... I have grown this plant often and it can 'walk' from one pot to another... meaning its flowers tend to arch over, and root in other pots... sort of a weed, but not a serious one. Very easy to grow and takes a good deal of sun, though still prefers some shade.