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Jun 27, 2014 4:21 PM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
I bought this plant at Wal-Mart on impulse and it had no label of any kind. I've been looking here on ATP and elsewhere on the net trying to identify what it might be. I think it might be either K. thyrsiflora or possibly K. luciae. Does that look right to anyone? Or not? The mature leaves on mine are 6" out from the stem and 6" across at the widest point. Thanks.
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Jun 28, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Nice score from Wal-Mart! It looks like Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe tetraphylla) to me.
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Jun 28, 2014 9:53 AM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
Thank you Lin. I found your photo in ATP on Google just now Smiling . The images of K. thyrsiflora, luciae and now tetraphylla on Google all look the same to me. Is there something in their growth that distinguishes between them that I'm not seeing in the photos? Aside from blooms, of course.
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Jun 28, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: Ukraine Region: United States of America Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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I'm not sure what the difference is. We only have one photo in the database of K. thyrsiflora:


Hopefully someone with more knowledge about Kalanchoes will pop in and give us some advice.
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Jul 4, 2014 7:25 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL @--`--,----- 🌹 (Zone 8b)
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This is helpful, I think:
http://www.smgrowers.com/info/...

Doubtful it would be the more unusual K. tetraphylla, having come from WM.
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Jul 4, 2014 8:36 AM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
Thanks Tiffany,

Guess I'll wait and see if the leaves get more saturated with red this winter. For now, only older growth leaves are tinged rosy and all the new ones are chalky gray. Maybe it will bloom and give more information.
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Jul 4, 2014 9:07 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I have gotten both of those varieties at our Walmart. Smiling
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Oct 28, 2014 11:52 AM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
I think this will probably prove to be K. luciae and I'm waiting to see if the blooms will verify it or not. If it ever blooms. It's been amazing. From what was essentially a blowzy cabbage sized plant, it's now at 5'3" from the top of the pot or 5'9" from the bottom of the pot to the tip of the plant. However, those buds just keep growing and growing without any sign of them blooming anytime soon.
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Oct 28, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL @--`--,----- 🌹 (Zone 8b)
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Oh wow! It's fantastic, Donald!
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Nov 6, 2014 11:14 AM CST
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Raises cows Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Texas Plant Identifier
It finally opened blooms, such as they are. Still growing, but not as fast. At 5'10" today. Here's the top portion and, as best I could, some closeups of the blooms. I think it's K. luciae. Does anyone have an alternative to that based on these blooms?
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