Kalanchoe Species, Mother of Millions, Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe laetivirens

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: laetivirens (lay-tee-VY-rens) (Info)
Synonym:Bryophyllum laetivirens


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Green


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona

Canoga Park, California

Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, California

San Diego, California

Brandon, Florida

Niceville, Florida

North Port, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Rossville, Georgia

Youngsville, Louisiana

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Deer Park, Texas

Houston, Texas

La Porte, Texas

New Caney, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Stafford, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 30, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The viviparous Kalanchoes are notoriously weedy, even when grown in pots. The little plantlets on the leaf edges seem to jump into other pots. They are especially troublesome in collections of cacti and other spiny succulents, from whose pots they are difficult and painful to remove.


On Nov 30, 2016, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

This is a family of succulents with a wide variety of both plant and flower forms. We have seen many kinds at countless cactus shows and botanic gardens, including the Huntington, L.A. Arboretum, and most recently at San Diego Botanic Garden.

We also have several different kinds in our own collection at home, including a rare vine form of kalanchoe that we picked up at the sales area of a cactus show we attended a few years ago.

They're a lot of fun to grow. If you don't have any in your collection yet, I highly recommend picking some up.


On May 14, 2008, rntx22 from Puyallup, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I acquired this plant on accident. I was purchasing several other succulents and one of the little plantlets stowed away. It grows very easily, takes lots of abuse. I am constantly having to get rid of all the millions of little plants that fall off and sprout everywhere!


On Feb 14, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bryophyllum 'Crenatodaigremontianuma' is a horticultural hybrid between Bryophyllum crenatum and Bryophyllum daigremontianum. I think it was originally Kalanchoe HBG 73004, a hybrid from Huntington Botanic Gardens. It was renamed from Kalanchoe laetivirens to Bryophyllum 'Crenatodaigremontianuma'. I have seen this plant listed as Bryophyllum 'Big Momma'.

It has broad pale green leaves which, when mature, have distinctive ear-shaped lobes at the leaf bases. Many plantlets also form at the edges of mature leaves. The edges of the leaves may have a rosey-mauve color depending upon the time of year, the temperatures in its growing environment, the age of the plant and the amount of sunlight it receives. After 3 years mine finally bloomed in January after placing it in my h... read more