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Adromischus maculatus (Calico Hearts)


Scientific Name

Adromischus maculatus (Salm-Dyck) Lem.

Common Names

Calico Hearts, Chocolate Drop


Adromischus mucronatus, Cotyledon alternans, Cotyledon maculata

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Kalanchoeae
Genus: Adromischus


Adromischus maculatus is a low-growing, perennial leaf-succulent, forming small clusters or mats. The stem is very short, somewhat woody, decumbent to prostrate and up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. The leaves are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and up to 1.4 inches (35 cm) wide, rounded, usually wedge-shaped and with horny margin all round the leaf. They are glossy, green, grey-green to gray-brown, sometimes almost scarlet from the sun rays and with or without dark purple spots. The young plants are often without spots. The flowers are tubular and pale yellowish green in color.

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USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Many species are easy to grow in any free-draining, gritty compost. Their compact habit allows a collection to be maintained in a small space and they grow well on any sunny window ledge or the top shelf of the greenhouse. Water mostly from spring to fall and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerates cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealybugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide.

Adromischus can be propagated from a single leaf, which should be placed against the side of the pot so that the stem end is just touching the compost. Some species drop their leaves easily and although each leaf will form a new plant it can be a challenge to grow a large specimen. In other cases, leaves for propagation must be carefully detached with a sharp knife… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Adromischus


Adromischus maculatus is native to South Africa (Mpumalanga).


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