Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Raym.-Hamet & H.Perrier) Lauz.-March.
Lavender Scallops, Kalanchoe Stonecrop, South American Air Plant, Gray Sedum
Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi is a perennial succulent with upright flowering stems and decumbent, spreading sterile (non-flowering) stems that take root wherever they lie on the ground. It grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and half as wide. The glabrous (hairless) blue green leaves are thick and fleshy. They are oblong and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in length with 2-8 conspicuous teeth around the edges. The purple or reddish brown flowers are bell shaped, up 1.8 inches (2 cm) long and hang in loose clusters from upright stems.
How to Grow and Care
Kalanchoes are not particularly hard to grow, and the flowering varieties are highly rewarding for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. They prefer bright, sunny locations, especially in the summer growing season. During the winter, consider a south-facing window. Water moderately throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. Let the soil surface dry out between waterings, and in the winter, the plant can almost dry out. Watch the fleshy leaves for signs of water distress. They prefer warmth. Do not let fall below 55ºF (12.7ºC). An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.
Many kinds of Kalanchoe will produce tiny plantlets along the leaf margins that can be individually potted up… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.
Despite the misleading common name, the South American Air Plant is native to Madagascar. It has escaped cultivation and become established in parts of South Florida (and perhaps South America, too!).
Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids
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