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Kalanchoe grandiflora - Yellow Kalanchoe
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Africa, East (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Kalanchoe grandiflora (Yellow Kalanchoe) - This succulent from India has thick upright stems to 3 feet tall bearing blue-green scalloped oval leaves. The leaves and young stems are often tinged a rose-violet color. Terminal spikes of fragrant yellow flowers appear in late spring - noted as not blooming regularly. An interesting plant for its unusual foliage color and upright habit. We discontinued growing this plant after offering it for several years in the 1980s but are now growing it once again. Our thanks to John Bleck for giving us this plant originally and for encouraging us to grow it again. This plant, described in the "Illustrated Handbook of Succulents: Crassulaceae" as Kalanchoe grandiflora Wight & Arnott, is not the same plant as K. marmorata, which is sometiimes noted incorrectly as a synonym. K marmorata is a much shorter plant with longer maroon spotted leaves and white long tubular flared flowers. The name Kalanchoe is somewhat of a mystery - there is some thought that it comes from a phonetic transcription of the Chinese words 'Kalan Chauhuy' meaning "that which falls and grows", likely in reference to the plantlets that drop from many of the species but others believe it from the ancient Indian words 'kalanka' meaning "spot" or "rust" and 'chaya' meaning "glossy" in reference to the reddish glossy leaves of the Indian species K. laciniata.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Kalanchoe grandiflora.
 
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