|Pancake Plant, Kalanchoe luciae.|
Flowering Plants Photo.
Glendale, Arizona. April 23, 2008.
|Kalanchoe luciae Flowers.||Kalanchoe luciae Flower.|
|Kalanchoe luciae Leaves.||Kalanchoe luciae Leaf.|
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Kalanchoe luciae ssp. luciae is a branching succulent with paddle shaped leaves that form reddish margins in good light. Kalanchoe luciae is often confused with Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, which looks almost the same, but doesn't form the reddish color.
It is a fast grower that will grow from a solitary shoot into a clump of branches about 2 foot high and wide. It is easy to grow from leaf cuttings. The leaves are covered with a gray bloom and the leaf margin takes on a reddish hue during cooler winter months if grown in bright light, otherwise the leaves remain uniformly green.
As it grows the petals of the flowers stick straight out at first and then fold back up on themselves as the flower opens.
Height: Forms a clump up to 2 feet high and 2 foot wide in a pot.
Flowers: Cream to yellow, up to 1 cm long, star-shaped flowers. Five petals. Corolla yellow or greenish-yellow.
Flowering Time: Phoenix Arizona, Mid to Late April.
Leaves: The leaves form a basal rosette from base, they are thick 4-6 inch long by 2-5 inch wide, rounded leaves.
Found: Native to the north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal province north through Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the Northern Province into Zimbabwe.
Hardiness: Said to be hardy at Zone 8b or to 15 °F. We tried it, and it died at 17 °F.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 0 - 2,900 Feet. In Arizona.
Habitat: It grows well in Cactus Potting Soil. It needs sandy soil with good drainage and aeration. It does best in Arizona in partial shade. An ideal xeriscape landscape plant in Arizona.
Miscellaneous: Maintenance: Low. Photos Taken At Glendale, Arizona June 22, 2008.
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