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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.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Kalanchoe grandiflora.