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Kalanchoe marmorata (Penwiper Plant)


Scientific Name

Kalanchoe marmorata Baker

Common Names

Penwiper, Penwiper Plant, Spotted Kalanchoe


Kalanchoe grandiflora, Kalanchoe macrantha

Scientific Classification

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


Kalanchoe marmorata is an erect or decumbent, succulent perennial up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall and wide. The leaves are glaucous, spotted with purple, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) wide. The flowers are white, starry, 5-petaled, sometimes tinged with pink and appear in spring.


USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Kalanchoe care is minimal but be cautious about light levels. Strong southern light can burn the tips of the leaves. Place pots in partial sun to light shade areas when growing Kalachoes.

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. Don't let fall below 55 ºF (13 ºC). An ordinary potting soil mix is fine. Feed bi-weekly in the summer with a liquid fertilizer, or use slow-release pellets.

These small plants require repotting every few years. When repotting, take additional care in handling as the leaves are somewhat brittle and can snap easily. Clay pots work exceptionally well for planting Kalanchoes. Ensure pots can drain well, and saucers can empty easily.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.


Kalanchoe marmorata is native to Central and West Africa, from Zaire to Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.


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