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Kalanchoe uniflora (Coral Bells)


Scientific Name

Kalanchoe uniflora (Stapf) Raym.-Hamet

Common Names

Coral Berry, Coral Bells, Coral Bell Plant, Winter Bells, Trailing Kalanchoe


Bryophyllum ambrense, Bryophyllum uniflorum, Kalanchoe ambrensis, Kitchingia uniflora

Scientific Classification

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


Kalanchoe uniflora is an attractive epiphytic succulent with stems that are prostrate or climbing stems and rooting at the nodes. Leaves are fleshy, bright green, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. Flowers are bright red to red-violet, bell-shaped, and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long. It is rarely one-flowered, despite its name. In the vegetative stage, it resembles the epiphytic Peperomia rotundifolia.

Kalanchoe uniflora (Coral Bells)

Photo by Noelene Tomlinson


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. 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe.


Kalanchoe uniflora is native to Madagascar.


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