Floral Friday: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a herbaceous and commonly cultivated house plant of the genus Kalanchoe native to Madagascar.IMG_20151103_085137 It is known by the English common names flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe and Madagascar widow’s-thrill.IMG_8006

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a evergreen and perennial succulent plant which (in 2–5 years) can reach an ultimate height of between 30–45 cm (12-18 in.) and an ultimate spread of between 10–50 cm (4-20 in.). Its growth rate has been described as ‘slow’. The plant has green, shiny and textured glossy foliage which stays green all year round. The scallop-edged and ovate leaves are arranged in an opposite/subopposite fashion, are simple in type with crenate margins and an oblong shape. IMG_8007The arrangement of the veins in a leaf (venation) can be absent or very hard to see; the leaf blades are 5–10 cm. (2-4 in.) long. K. blossfeldiana flowers in late autumn to early winter; each flower has four petals and can be one of a wide variety of colours, from the dark reds and pinks to oranges, golds and whites. The inflorescences are born by peduncles which are higher up than the leaves and are terminal in nature.

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