Kalanchoe Species, Desert Cabbage, Flapjacks, Paddle Plant, Red Pancakes,

Kalanchoe luciae subsp. luciae

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: luciae subsp. luciae
Synonym:Kalanchoe albiflora
Synonym:Kalanchoe aleurodes
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Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Brewton, Alabama

Gilbert, Arizona

Anaheim, California

Fountain Valley, California

Half Moon Bay, California

Hayward, California

Long Beach, California

Norwalk, California

Ramona, California

San Diego, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Yorba Linda, California(2 reports)

Big Pine Key, Florida

Hobe Sound, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

North Port, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Safety Harbor, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Metairie, Louisiana

Pass Christian, Mississippi

Powell, Ohio

Canyon Lake, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Mcallen, Texas

Mission, Texas

Orange, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Roanoke, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This makes a fantastic outdoor container plant here in New England. If kept indoors during the winter, it will send up a tall stem and flower, which is not very attractive. But the stem will bear lots of small plantlets which can be cut off and rooted in the spring.


On Sep 30, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very common plant, often available at garden outlet stores and many nurseries that don't specialize in succulents. Often confused, as mentioned below, with the far less common Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, a plant with smaller, less-paddle-like leaves that rarely show any color change. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora leaves have a heavy white powedery tomentum on them that makes them look whitish. Most plants sold as Kalanchoe thyrsiflora are indeed Kalanchoe luciae.


On May 11, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I LOVE this plant! When I obtained a large one from a nursery in California, I inquired about hardiness, and was told that I should being in the first winter (I purchased it in October) but the following yeat if it remained outside the following year for all year ir would harden off the next winter and be able to tolerate zone 7 cold all winter outside. I never was able to test it because when we moved, the plant got lost some how )-((

I Do know that if kept inside in low light it gets leggy and grows a long trunk. Remember, this is a desert plant and needs strong light! When it gets that strong sunlight, it will color up as the days get shorter.

This is an absolutely precious plant and I cannot WAIT to welcome it back into our family!


On May 19, 2008, fenasbus from Anaheim, CA wrote:

Great color. I want to know though what is the proper care for the trunk? It's late May and we still have 3 feet of "pole" in the center of the plant and don't know whether to cut it down or not. How far do we cut it?


On May 18, 2008, robinsoutside from Trophy Club, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Bought two in Su07 because I couldn't decide if I thought it was ugly or neat. Didn't know a thing about it. Couldn't believe how tall it got. Brought it in garage for winter & flower stems extended so high they fell over. Again, not knowing anything about them, we just chopped them off at the bottom & we already have lots of nice new red-edged growth. Love it.


On Jan 1, 2008, karensav from Savannah, GA wrote:

Excellent plant for containers, even in our humid climate. Mine had lovely red edges to the leaves, even in warm weather. I have it in ordinary potting soil covered with gravel. It spread by offshoots.


On Oct 26, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Its country of origin is South Africa.

Kalanchoe luciae has commonly been misidentified as Kalachoe thrysiflora which it resembles. Kalanchoe luciae has thick, 4 to 6 inch long by 2 to 5 inch wide, rounded leaves. During cool months, the leaf margin takes on a reddish hue. This only happens if the plant is grown in bright lighty; otherwise, the leaves remain uniformly green. Kalanchoe thrysiflora has similar foliage color, but its leaves are shorter and they do not turn as red in cool weather. Kalanchoe thrysiflora flowers are a darker yellow and have a sweeter fragrance.