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Kalanchoe 'Fang' - Stalactite Plant

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (K. beharensis x K. tomentosa)
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 'Fang' (Stalactite Plant) - This upright slow-growing succulent to 2 to 3 feet tall has 3 to 4 inch long velvety leaves that are unlobed but have dentations along the entire margin. The leaves are a golden-brown color when grown in the sun or a silvery-gray in the shade and have dark brown spots along the leaf margin and hooked tubercles across the upper half of the backsides of the leaves. These fang-like tubercles, which give the cultivar its name are most noticeable up the upwardly inclined new leaves. Occasionally will flower and while the pale yellow flowers with red striations are interesting, it is the foliage that makes this plant attractive. Grow in sun or bright shade in a well-drained soil or pot. Hardy to around 25F. We first saw this plant in the late 1980s at Abbey Gardens in Carpinteria and it is listed in their 1990 catalog - Stephen Jankalski in his article on Kalanchoe beharensis hybrids (Yahoo Crassulaceae Group) also notes that Altman Plants listed it in their 1987 catalog. It is quite similar to an older Hummel hybrid called 'Rose Leaf' that was the result of crossing Kalanchoe beharensis with K. tomentosa. The difference Is that rose leaf lacked the tubercles on the back of the leaf that gives this cultivar its name. Presumably this plant is of similar heritage or is a sport of 'Rose Leaf'.  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 'Fang'.