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Products > Kalanchoe carnea 'Modoc'
Kalanchoe carnea 'Modoc' - Big Leaf Kalanchoe

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: India (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Kalanchoe carnea]
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Kalanchoe carnea 'Modoc' - This is an upright growing succulent to 3-4 feet tall with green glabrous leaves, 2-3 inches wide by 4-5 inches long that have blunt scalloped margins reflexed under. Showy pink flowers in terminal racemes rise above the foliage in summer. This plant is often found in shady neglected corners of older gardens where it survives without irrigation. The plants look better and will flower regularly in full sun with some irrigation. It is cold hardy into the mid 20s F without damage. This plant has been in cultivation in Southern California for many years. The name 'Modoc' is believed to be in reference to a Modoc Road in Santa Barbara although the origins of this plant and name were unknown to us. In 2002 Mr. Stephen Jankalski alerted us that this plant is probably Kalanchoe carnea (syn. K.rosea - an Indian species from Assam, that was originally described in 1886] It was popular in Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Kalanchoe carnea 'Modoc'.