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Kalanchoe beharensis – Velvet Elephant Ear, Felt Bush


Scientific Name

Kalanchoe beharensis Drake

Common Names

Elephant’s Ear Kalanchoe, Velvet Elephant Ear, Velvet Leaf, Velvet Leaf Kalanchoe, Felt Plant, Felt Bush, Napoleon’s Hat, Maltese Cross, Teddy Bear


Kalanchoe van-tieghemii

Scientific Classification

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


Kalanchoe beharensis is a slow growing succulent tree-like shrub up to 12 feet (3.6 m) tall. It has thick stems that are covered sharp angled leaf scars that likely evolved to protect the stems that hold large, undulatied and folded, olive-green, slightly-triangular leaves covered in sort brown stellate (branched) hairs that gives the leaves a soft, velvety texture. Each leaf is up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and wide. Once mature, it produces small, greenish yellow flowers in winter.

Kalanchoe beharensis - Velvet Elephant Ear Felt Bush

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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.


Native to Madagascar.

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Brown Dwarf’


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