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Products > Kalanchoe beharensis 'Brown Dwarf'
Kalanchoe beharensis 'Brown Dwarf' - Dwarf Velvet Elephant Ear)

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Kalanchoe beharensis 'Brown Dwarf' (Dwarf Velvet Elephant Ear) - A smaller leaf form of the otherwise slow growing succulent tree-like shrub with leaves forming in a rosette less than six inches wide that are small, contorted and deeply dissected and covered with soft brown hairs. This plant is considerably less robust and smaller growing than the species, which can grow up to be a small tree to 12 feet tall. We have never seen this cultivar flower. 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 cultivar was an International Succulent Introduction (ISI) from 1986 as ISI 1671 and noted as being rooted cutting from a plant Werner Rauh collected near Behara, Madagascar. It has also been listed under the cultivar names 'Nana' and 'Ruptured Lollipop'. 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. We first received this plant with a collection of plants from the estate of the late Jim Prine, beloved nursery friend, plantsman and animal trainer.  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 beharensis 'Brown Dwarf'.