General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flower Color: Mauve
Orange
Red
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: The flowers are the most toxic part.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: This succulent can be invasive in some areas that do not have frost or freezing temperatures. The baby plantlets or pups that are attached to the leaf margins can easily drop to the ground and root or propagate easily.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Bulbils
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Mother of Thousands
  • Mother of Millions
  • Mexican Hat Plant
  • Alligator Plant
  • Devil's Backbone
  • Kalanchoe
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Kalanchoe daigremontiana
  • Synonym: Bryophyllum daigremontianum

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Date: 2021-01-02
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2022-03-12
All of my Mother of Thousands grew flowering inflorescence stems
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-05-02
First plantlets on my "Mother of Thousands" after placing on the
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2018-08-11

Date: 2010-02-20
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Date: Late Spring
I wasn't too terribly close to the ground, she is just that big,
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-05-13
Plantlets on our young Mother of Thousands
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2022-01-10
Umbrella-like terminal inflorescence, mid January in Tucson, AZ.
Photo by Traijin
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-05-07
Plantlets on a young "Mother of Thousands."
Photo by longk
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-01-08
Plantlets.
Location: South Germany
Date: 2021-10-17
South window indoor kalanchoe
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-05-27
Plantlet macro view
Location: 10970
Date: 11/19/2021
Buds on mother of thousands plant
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: April 2017
Location: St Pete Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-01-22
invasive
Location: St Pete Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-02-11
Invasive

 Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-28
Young plant.
Location: NYBG 
Date: June 14 22

Date: Jun 15, 2005 7:48 AM
Location: 10970
Date: 01/2022
Bud about to open
Location: Morisset, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2013-07-14
Considered 'a serious weed on the coast and the northwest slopes
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2016-02-03
Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Date: 2013-01-14
Entire potted plant, with several offspring growing in the same p
Location: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia, US
Date: 2017-09-17
Mother of thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana). Called Alligator
Location: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia, US
Date: 2017-09-17
Mother of thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana). Called Alligator
Photo by hedacc
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2013-01-05, winter
Location: Opp, AL
Photo courtesy of Royal Horticultural Society.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: June 17, 2018
Photographer:  Jenny Hanrahan
Location: South Bella Vista Drive, Tucson, AZ
Date: 2019-12-02
Growing plantlets dropped from the parent plant above.
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2016-01-26
Cute teeny little offshoot
Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Date: 2013-01-14
Shows plantlets with roots forming along serrations of leaf
Photo by dave
Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Date: 2012-07-05
This kalanchoe has grown rapidly.  It was only a couple of small

i have this huge and very pretty mother of thousands plant, i got
Location: KALAMA WA
Date: 2020-08-09
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Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Date: 2013-01-14
Roots form along stems whereever a curve occurs.  Can easily be r
Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Date: 2013-01-14
Plantlets that dropped from the leaf.  New plants can be easily s
Location: Ft. De Soto Park, FL
Date: 2006-01-25
We were on vacation when this was taken.
Location: Ft. De Soto Park, FL
Date: 2006-01-25
We were on vacation when this was taken.
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Comments:
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jan 19, 2013 12:41 PM concerning plant:
    Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe diagremontiana) can be seriously invasive in warmer climates. It does not produce viable seed, but can multiply rapidly by dropping plantlets, rooting of fallen leaves, and broken stems that easily root. Some studies indicate that the plant leaves a residue in the soil that hinders the growth of other plants, and even reduces the rate of growth of its own offspring.

    Also of concern is the toxicity of the plant. While it is an unusual and attractive houseplant, it does pose a real risk for young children and pets that may eat the plant or plantlets.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 5, 2011 9:29 PM concerning plant:
    Kalanchoe daigremontiana, native to Madagascar, is a succulent type plant that has been introduced to the U.S. and has become a common house plant. It has escaped cultivation in some areas of the south and has become invasive. The Mother of Thousands grows to about 3' in height with 6"- 8" long leaves. Little plantlets sprout all along the leaf edges of the mother plant, fall to the soil below, take root and spread. Here in my area this plant blooms in fall and early winter. All parts of the plant are toxic to humans and animals, so be cautious with this plant around children and pets.
Plant Events from our members
LizDTM On March 11, 2017 Potted up
Also took a pup and potted it separately.
LizDTM On March 9, 2017 Obtained plant
lemonFresh On March 19, 2018 Obtained plant
tabbycat On May 20, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
babies falling so harvested & dropped in several succulent pots
tabbycat On March 31, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
5"x5" now
tabbycat On February 1, 2021 Transplanted
Now 3"x 3" I put in red pot from Wanda
tabbycat On May 30, 2020 Obtained plant
Tiny starter under 1"
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Untitled by extranjera Nov 8, 2012 10:02 PM 2
This plant is making baby plantlets, not blooming by purpleinopp Jul 20, 2016 10:32 AM 9
Looks like K. delagoensis/tubiflora by purpleinopp Jul 12, 2016 5:40 PM 9
Do you still have this? by purpleinopp Jul 23, 2018 10:07 AM 6
Roots - nice picture. by lasertrimguy Mar 13, 2022 2:17 PM 0
Please compare to K. houghtonii by purpleinopp Jun 11, 2022 5:34 PM 3
Please compare to K. houghtonii by purpleinopp Dec 11, 2022 6:44 PM 1

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