Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii

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Kalanchoe bracteata aka hildebrandtii

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Kalanchoe hildebrandtii, Kalanchoe nadyae
  • Common Names:  
    Silver teaspoons
  • Family:  
    Crassulaceae
  • Origin:  
    South Eastern Madagascar and the Comoros
  • Height:  
    2-4’
  • Width:  
    2-4’
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    High heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Light shade in hot interior climates to full sun elsewhere
  • Water needs:  
    Kalanchoe bracteata is drought tolerant, but tolerates some irrigation in well-drained soils, especially during the growing season in summer.
  • Maintenance:  
    Prune to shape as desired
  • Uses:  
    Kalanchoe bracteata makes a nice contrast to plants with dark foliage and is great in pots or as an accent or even a small border hedge in the dry garden. It is also appropriate for succulent and cactus gardens in near frost-free climates.
  • Propagation:  
    It can easily be propagated by taking stem cuttings and replanting them. It can also be grown from seed.
  • Problems:  
    Occasional problems with mealybugs and aphids when grown as a houseplant.
  • Special notes:  
    Kalanchoe bracteata has attractive silvery-gray pubescent leaves held opposite each other on the stems. It forms a small open shrub over time with leaves year-round. In spring and summer this plant blooms on panicles with orange-red cruciform flowers. The plant should be fertilized every six weeks during growth. Plants can become leggy with age, but can be pruned to create a more dense growth pattern. Leaf burn occurs with frost so plants should be protected from freezing weather. Kalanchoe bracteata was described by George Francis Scott-Elliot.