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Products > Kalanchoe beharensis 'Small Form'
Kalanchoe beharensis 'Small Form' - Small Velvet Elephant Ear

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink & White
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Kalanchoe vantieghemi?]
Parentage: (Kalanchoe beharensis hybrid)
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Kalanchoe beharensis 'Small Form' (Small Velvet Elephant Ear) - A smaller leaf form of the otherwise slow growing succulent tree-like shrub with large, undulating, olive-green, slightly-triangular leaves which have a soft, velvety texture. It may grow to an eventual height of 12 ft. once mature but likely will remain much smaller. Likely this is a hybrid as unlike the full size plant that produces small, greenish yellow flowers in winter this plant has white flowers that open from pink buds in mid spring. Plant in full sun or light shade where it is a bit greener but better protected from frost as it likely is fairly tender but we experienced no damage to plants grown outside with temperatures down to around 30F. A drought tolerant plant that requires little to no irrigation. This plant came to us from one of our unrooted cutting suppliers as Kalanchoe beharensis but it had decidedly smaller leaves but still bigger than the plant we grow as 'Oak Leaf' and also with some brown velvety hairs that 'Oak Leaf' also lacks. 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 specific epithet "beharensis" is in reference to the occurrence of this plant at Behara, Madagascar. For more information on the species and a listing of other Kalanchoe cultivars of the species that we grow see Kalanchoe beharensis.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Kalanchoe beharensis 'Small Form'.