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Kalanchoe luciae, photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story
Kalanchoe luciae, photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story

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Zones 13, 17, 21-24, H1, H2

Kalanchoe luciae

Paddle Plant
Crassulaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials, Flowers

KALANCHOE

Succulent green leaves (often with scalloped edges or unusual shapes) and typically bell-shapedflowers mark theseperennials. Some kinds are marketed as houseplants but can be planted outdoors wherewinters are mild. In Zone 13, grow in a shady spot. In borderline climates, give protection of lath, eaves, or other overheadstructure.

Kalanchoe luciae

Colorful, sculptural plant grows 1–1 1/2 ft. high and wide, spreading by offsets. Short, thick trunk holds fleshy, broadly oval leaves to 8 in. long and 6–8 in. wide. Leaves are gray-green, with marginsthat turn bright red in full sun. In winter or early spring, a single stem rises 2–3 ft. highand bears clusters of 1/2–3/4-in.-long, tubular, dark yellow flowers with a pleasing fragrance. Provide protection from slugs and snails, which can permanently disfigure leaves. ‘Fantastic’ (also sold as K. thyrsiflora‘Fantastic’) has gray-green leaves striped with cream variegation, and shading red at the margins.

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