Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe tetraphylla) in the Kalanchoes Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Evergreen
Flower Color: Other: Pale yellowish green
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: The flowers are the most toxic part.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 19, 2020 7:49 PM

Rare succulent from Madagascar with relatively few hairy, wide leaves that have serrated margins. This is one of very few Kalanchoes which flower from axillary buds and not terminally. It is polycarpic, like its close relative K. synsepala. It may bear more than four leaves, despite the species epithet.

This species has been confused with K. thyrsiflora (and by extension K. luciae) for some time, but it is a very different plant from these two, which have glaucous, glabrous leaves with smooth margins and flower terminally (thus are monocarpic). The vast majority of plants in cultivation labeled K. tetraphylla are probably K. luciae instead. K. luciae is orders of magnitude more common in cultivation than either of the other plants.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Question about a Kalanchoe database entry by purpleinopp Mar 11, 2015 5:45 PM 10
Kalanchoe luciae by needrain Nov 10, 2014 4:11 PM 11
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora perhaps? by needrain Nov 6, 2014 11:14 AM 9
Show us your Containers by HollyAnnS May 13, 2016 7:44 AM 1,238
What to do? by MamaIve12 May 25, 2014 9:16 PM 7
Succulent and Cactus Chat for 2014 by gg5 Sep 12, 2018 3:08 PM 1,322
Uses: mini gardening by purpleinopp Feb 26, 2014 10:47 AM 5
What are your newest plants? by purpleinopp Dec 31, 2013 1:21 PM 65
Flippin' Flapjacks by SongofJoy Mar 13, 2013 10:04 PM 96
Kalanchoe luciae "Fantastic" -not Kalanchoe thyrsiflora? by Bubbles Nov 10, 2014 3:00 PM 14

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Kalanchoes Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Kalanchoes (Kalanchoe)

« The Kalanchoes Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by skopjecollection and is called "Ferocactus histrix "

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.