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Kalanchoe orgyalis (Copper Spoons)


Scientific Name

Kalanchoe orgyalis Baker

Common Names

Copper Spoons, Cinnamon Bear, Leather Plant, Shoe Leather Kalanchoe


Kalanchoe antanosiana, Kalanchoe cantonasyana

Scientific Classification

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


Kalanchoe orgyalis is a much-branched succulent shrub that slowly grows up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall but is usually seen as a smaller plant. It has spatulate-ovate leaves that fold upward from the middle. They are bronze to gray on the underside, while the top side is felted with fine, cinnamon-colored hairs that eventually age to the same color as the lower surface. Flowers are bright yellow and appear in terminal clusters at the branch tips from late winter to early spring.


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

How to Grow and Care

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

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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.


Kalanchoe orgyalis is native to southern and south-western Madagascar.


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