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Products > Kalanchoe bracteata forma glabra
Kalanchoe bracteata forma glabra - Green Teaspoons
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Kalanchoe bracteata ssp. glabra]
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-4 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 bracteata f. glabra (Green Teaspoons) A small compact shrubby succulent to 4 feet tall with 4 angled stems holding 1 inch long ovate leaves on short petioles. The flowers on this plant are red on branched terminal inflorescences. Plant in full sun to bright shade and irrigate little to occasionally. Has proven hardy to 28 F and may be hardy below this. This plant is great in pots or as an accent or even a small border hedge in the garden. Kalanchoe bracteata is closely related and very similar to Kalanchoe hildebrandtii which grows in the same local but has greenish-white flowers. This species comes from South Eastern Madagascar and is quite variable with the more common form in cultivation having more pointed leaves that are a grayish silvery-white color. 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 "bracteata" is in reference to the conspicuous floral bracts of this species. The name Kalanchoe bracteata ssp. glabra was published by Werner Rauh and Rene Hebding in the 1997 issue of Bradleya the yearbook of the British Cactus and Succulent Society (15:5) but more recent texts synonymize it with the species because of the continuous variation of the species encountered in nature. Since this plant is quite distinct from the gray leafed form we also grow and list as Kalanchoe bracteata, we list this plant as Kalanchoe bracteata "forma glabra". 

This information about Kalanchoe bracteata forma glabra displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.