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Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Good Fall Color Succulent
Other details: This plant is suitable for growing indoors Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is monocarpic Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Purchased this for a fish planter I was given as a gift. It has grown fast tripled in size. I want to thank member trickiwoo from texas her comment of success with broken leaves growing is great. My puppy had broken several large leaves trying to get away from the cat. The plant has been on the porch with nearly full sun & infrequent watering.
On Nov 18, 2010, stygiana from Tijarafe Spain wrote:
One of my favorite Kalanchoe, compact, low growing and with nice blue colour.
Please, note that all photos except PalmBob's ones are wrong, as they show Kalanchoe luciae. The problem is that almost every book and nursery label K. luciae as K. thyrsiflora, so everybody believes K. thyrsiflora is the species which in reallity is K. luciae...
So read PalmBob's message if you have a doubt and use his photos, they are good and reliable.
On Aug 23, 2009, trickiwoo from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Bought this in a 4" pot a year ago. Now fills out a 12' pot with 4 plants in there. About 18" tall & larger leaves measure 7" x 6". May interest y'all to know that when I was potting it up I broke a leaf off & just stuck it in a small pot & now have another plant the size I bought last year. No blooms yet but love the architecture of the plant itself.
When I put mine in full summer sun the leaves took on a wilted look so I put it back under a shade tree so it gets full morning sun & seems real happy. Have also heard this called 'red lips' as the edges take on a red color. Mine do not do that. Think next year I will start it off in full sun & see if it will acclimate to my hot summer sun little by little. Love this plant & want to keep it happy.
On Jul 19, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
Great looking plant that can take down to about 30F before melting. Slow growing in even large pots,but it gets there in time to a good size with blushing red edged leaves. Two problems i have had-it's a snail and slug magnet and also hard to keep passerby's from picking it to death...
On Jul 19, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:
I saw this plant growing in a nursery in Carpinteria, California. We bought a small one and have it planted on a landscaped 'island'. We had a very hard freeze last winter and the plant disappeared -- but, it has come back now and hopefully will live to grow and one day bloom (if it doesn't freeze again so hard!!!) We love the architectural shape it displays and the coloring is charismatic.
On Nov 27, 2006, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Not sure how I feel about this plant anymore since I am not sure what this plant is. Turns out what I thought was this for so many years was Kalanchoe luciae. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora seems to be a much rarer plant with paler, smaller leaves that rarely color up... still has paddle shaped leaves, but not the humongous ones in most of the photos. Still, SO many nurseries misidentify this plant that it seems almost OK to continue to also do the same... but I will try not to. If your plant flowers and has yellow, fragrant flowers, then it probably IS thyrsiflora... however if it has whitish flowers that don't smell like much, then it is indeed luciae.
Now there is tricolor version out and I am unsure which species that is, since it is labeled as thyrsiflora, but has pretty large leaves... however the leave are more curved and with more bloom on them, so it might actually be this... who knows.
Nice looking and rapid growing plant- good outdoor landscape plant for southern California. But sadly, seems to be monocarpic (main plant dies after flowering) but usually makes suckers by then.
On Jun 3, 2006, spicerd from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This was the first plant I ever picked out for purchase... recently... so, it is a very special friend... now stands guarding one side of the entrance to my house... have managed to propogate two offsets from the main trunk and they're coming along just fine...
On Apr 11, 2006, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I bought it in Houston and brought it down here and since that time I have seen it here in Dallas. Mine is doing fine the leaves are turning a pale pinkish red since I have it full sun with some shade.
On Jan 26, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
Bushy, white-frosted, perennial succulent. Densely covered with oval to inversely lance-shaped, red-margined, pale green leaves, 4-6" long, with blunt rounded tips and leaf pairs united at the bases. In spring, bears panicles of erect to spreading tubular to urn-shaped flowers, fragrant yellow flowers.
Origin South Africa. Increase by offsets.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Carlsbad, California Clayton, California Fresno, California Hayward, California Norwalk, California Oak View, California Richmond, California San Jose, California San Marino, California Santee, California Simi Valley, California Walnut, California Bartow, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Bonita Springs, Florida Haverhill, Florida Hollywood, Florida Hunters Creek, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Lutz, Florida Melbourne Beach, Florida Palm Bay, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Pompano Beach, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Utopia, Florida Valdosta, Georgia Chadwick, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Baton Rouge, Louisiana Gonzales, Louisiana Westlake, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Southold, New York Hightsville, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Alvin, Texas Austin, Texas Deer Park, Texas Edna, Texas Galveston, Texas Mckinney, Texas Salineno, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Victoria, Texas Winnsboro, Texas