Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri growing with Gazanias

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri

This curious succulent from Madagascar has large copper green coloured leaves covered in dark spots. On the tips of the leaves tiny new plants form which are felty white. These take root as the leaves touch the ground and take over from the parent plant which dies soon after forming the tall shiny pink flower spike. Many of the Kalanchoes have this habit and are often given the common name of "mother of millions" as a result. This succulent is rarely available as a commercial nursery plant because the large soft leaves make it difficult to move without damage.
2017 update: I have stock of this.

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