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Products > Kalanchoe beharensis 'Soledad Shadow'
Kalanchoe beharensis 'Soledad Shadow' - Elephant Ear

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

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Synonyms: [Kalanchoe vantieghemi]
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 6-12 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 'Soledad Shadow' - A slow growing succulent tree-like shrub that likely can grow to an eventual height of 12 ft. with an equal spread which like the species has thick stems that are covered sharp angled leaf scars that likely evolved to protect the stems that hold large, undulated and folded, olive-green, slightly-triangular leaves. This clone however only has leaves with sparse hairiness and lacks the dense covering of soft brown hairs that gives the leaves of the typical species plants a soft velvety texture. Once mature this species can produce small, greenish yellow flowers in winter. Plant in full sun or light shade. It is frost tender and needs protection much below 30 F and is drought tolerant. The species was originally discovered near Behara in Madagascar but is now recognized as widespread in southern Madagascar. 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. We named this plant 'Soledad Shadow' as it was notably different than other clones of this species that we grow. It came to us from a microprogation laboratory (tc lab) as Kalanchoe beharensis and was supposed to be the typical for with velvet brownish hairs but as plants matured we noted it lacked the dense covering of hairs so we had to give it some name to distinguish it from the typical form which we continue to grow. It is also not completely hairless like the other form we grow as Kalanchoe beharensis var. subnuda 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 observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Kalanchoe beharensis 'Soledad Shadow'.