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Kalanchoe rhombopilosa var. viridifolia (Pies from Heaven)

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Scientific Name

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa var. viridifolia Rauh

Accepted Scientific Name

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa Mannoni & Boiteau

Common Names

Pies from Heaven

Synonyms

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa var. viridis

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa var. viridifolia is a form of Kalanchoe rhombopilosa with very thick, wider deep or fresh green leaves. It is a few branched, succulent shrublet up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The stems are thin, up to 0.3 inch (8 mm) in diameter, rigid, woody, upright or sprawling and with long hairs. The cruciform flowers are small and greenish yellow to pink with purple lines.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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.

Origin

Kalanchoe rhombopilosa var. viridifolia is native to southwestern Madagascar.

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