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Kalanchoe synsepala

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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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:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis 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.

Positive Leeanna 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.

Positive palmbob 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.


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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