The Q&A Archives: Scientific Name For Mother Of Millions

Question: What is the scientific name for a mother of millions plant? It is a succulent that has jagged leaves with babies all over them. I was looking for information on lifespan and flowering.

Answer: I had to do a little search on this one. I recognized immediately the plant, but couldn't find reference to "Mother-of-millions" although I, too, had called it by that name. An older houseplant book named it Kalanchoe tubiflora, while a new edition calls it Kalanchoe daigremontiana. According to "An Illustrated Guide to Popular Houseplants" it is grown for its attractive leaves rather than the somewhat insignificant flowers. They do best in full sun and like most succulents, should be allowed to dry on the surface before watering. When the tiny plantlets that appear within the leaf notch, fall off, they easily root. The plant, in fact, can be invasive!

While no reference to lifespan is mentioned, the easy propagation should mean you'll never be without. Enjoy this novelty plant...and share the new starts with friends.

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