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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-shaped flowers mark these perennials. Some kinds are marketed as houseplants but can be planted outdoors where winters are mild. In Zone 13, grow in a shady spot. In borderline climates, give protection of a lath, eaves, or other overhead structure.

Kalanchoe luciae

Colorful, sculptural plant grows to 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 margins that turn bright red in full sun. In winter or early spring, a single stem rises 2–3 ft. high and 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 the 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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