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20 Amazing Kalanchoe Varieties You Will Love

Kalanchoe varieties are for you if you want bright, colorful flowers or attractive foliage to decorate your space that still symbolizes love and prosperity.

Generally, there are 125 different varieties of Kalanchoe. All of the varieties have peculiar patterns and unusual foliage. Some varieties of Kalanchoe are flowering succulents bearing vibrant flowers. 

Maintaining the optimum temperature and light can let your Kalanchoe varieties grace your garden for longer.

12 Amazing Kalanchoe Varieties you will Love

Kalanchoe is succulent; we all know succulents do not generally demand high maintenance.

They adore extra sunlight compared to other plants and give you skin care and health benefits.

Here is the list of 20 Amazing Kalanchoe Varieties to add to your plant collection.

1. Kalanchoe pumila (Flower Dust Plant)

On top of our list of beautiful Kalanchoe varieties is the Flower Dust Kalanchoe, with its oblong-shaped long leaves covered with waxy hairs, which gives it a dusty appearance.

Kalanchoe pumila is a spreading dwarf succulent perfect for hanging in a basket. 

Moreover, the succulent grows to clump, making it look bushier. Pumila extends a foot in length and is perfect for indoor decors.

Kalanchoe pumila adds a vibrant hue to a dull room.

You might witness small pink-violet flowers of yellow anthers on maturity from late winter to spring.

2.  Kalanchoe beharensis (Felt Bush)

Felt Bush or Kalanchoe beharensis is an evergreen shrub that grows about 3–5 ft (1–2 m) tall.

Its leaves consist of brown hair that darkens towards the tips of the teeth. However, the younger leaves, stems, and leaf stalks consist of golden-bronze or white hair.

Further, its hairy olive green leaves arranged decussately (leaves pairing at right angles to each other) give a brown dwarf an appealing look.

When the plant matures, it produces small urn-shaped clustered red-orange or greenish-yellow flowers in the spring and summer.

If you want golden bronze leaves, the best place to grow them is outdoors. Nonetheless, they can easily be grown indoors, but the leaves lack tint and bear white or silver color.

3. Kalanchoe rotundifolia (Common Kalanchoe)

It is one of the beautiful Kalanchoe varieties with fleshy rounded, or lobed leaves and erect stems.

These plant flaunts leaves with orange backside and is 2.5cm broad, clustered at the base of stems.

Though the species is named rotundifolia, its leaves are not perfectly round. The species grows up to 4 feet tall and can easily be grown indoors.

Further, the long slender stems bear yellow or orange flowers from fall to early winter. When the flower grows old or matures, it turns red and twisted.

4. Kalanchoe luciae (Oricula)

Oricula stands out among the Kalanchoe varieties for being a mutant of Kalanchoe luciae.

The species have paddle-shaped, grey-greenish leaves arranged in a rosette, with its leaves turning vibrant red around the edges, especially in cold winter.

Besides, Oricula grows up to 60 cm tall and is covered with a powdery white coating that protects it from excessive sun exposure.

However, when grown indoors, they require a few hours of direct morning light and afternoon shades.

5. Lanin Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana ‘Lanin’ is not your ordinary houseplant. Instead, they want their substrate loose and ventilated with good water permeability.

They can easily be grown outdoors if your area has warm or mild winters. But harsh winters and extreme summers damage its foliage, and in such conditions, bring your plant indoors.

Kalanchoe lanin lifted up from a group of kalanchoes to click a photo.
The panda plant offers silver leaves densely covered in soft hairs.

Moreover, it produces clusters of bright orange flowers on top of the vibrant green leaves. The flowers bloom in spring.

These annual succulents can grow as high as 12 inches.

6. Kalanchoe scapigera (Mealy Kalanchoe)

The almost circular leaved Mealy Kalanchoe grows up to 45 cm (18″).

They boast light pink edges on fleshy green leaves with salmon-red tubular flowers.

Placing these Mealy plants as a center decore could liven up any dull space with its branched cylindrical and stout stem.

Unfortunately, this variety is slightly difficult to find, adding it to the list of higher-priced Kalanchoe.

Interestingly, the Mealy plant has a coating of white powdery substance protection it from extreme sunlight.

7. Kalanchoe marmorata (Pemwiper Plant)

Penwiper Plant, or spotted Kalanchoe, is another name for Kalanchoe marmorata. 

It is an attractive succulent known for its unusual grey-green foliage dotted with irregular purple spots.

These beautiful succulents eventually produce star-shaped flowers that bloom from winter to early spring.

The ‘Pemwiper’ variety is well adapted to grow outdoors.

However, if you want them indoors, a southern or western-facing window is good to meet their light requirements.

Further, you can use the plant as office decor for a hint of freshness.

Pro Tip: Reduce the number of daylight hours and cut back dead blooms to help the flower re-bloom.

8. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Flapjacks)

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora originated from South Africa, commonly known as flapjacks, desert cabbage, and white lady.

Like Kalanchoe luciae, they have gray-green fleshy leaves arranged in a rosette pattern with red edges. 

These succulents have large paddle-like leaves, which often confuses with Kalanchoe luciae.

top angle photo of tiny Kalanchoe thyrsiflora held from the brim of a pot.
Kalanchoe thyrisflora are often preserved as miniature plants.

Moreover, they are covered with white powdery substances to protect themselves from extreme sunlight.

They bear inflorescence, which produces densely clustered green flowers, waxy with yellow recurved lobes. These flowers bloom from winter to spring.

9. Kalanchoe orgyalis (Copper Spoon)

The species name orgyalis is derived from the Greek word ‘orgya’, a classic measurement of 6 feet distance, representing the plant’s size and growth.

Kalanchoe orgyalis grows about 6 ft (72 inches) tall in well-draining soil with adequate fertilizer.

The cinnamon-colored leaves on its tops and bronze-gray on the undersides make it one of the beautiful kalanchoe varieties.

Besides its stunning foliage, it produces bright yellow clustered flowers that bloom from late winter to late spring.

These double-toned succulents are suitable to grow indoors and outdoors as they are low-maintenance plants.

10. Kalanchoe uniflora (Coral Bells)

You might know these succulents as Coral Berry, Winter Bells, and Trailing Kalanchoe.

Coral bells have trailing or climbing stems, perfect for growing in hanging baskets.

The vibrant flowers bell-shaped flowers, along with their fleshy leaves, will surely make you want one. Its flower varies from pink, purple-red, red-violet, etc.

Similarly, it bears slender and prostrate stems that root when it comes in contact with the soil and favorable environment.

Furthermore, they adore the sun, but extreme exposure might cause the burning of flowers and foliage.

So, keep them where they receive sufficient indirect light with a few hours of the morning or afternoon shade.

10 Additional Kalanchoe Varieties

Kalanchoe VarietiesGrowth SizesFeatures
Kalanchoe ComptonHeight: 0.8 feet
spread: 0.07 feet
Coin-shaped, dwarf succulent with pale-green to brown with orange-red to deep red color.
Kalanchoe Red PancakesHeight: 3 feet
spread: 2 feet
Spoon-shaped, jade green leaves with a tinge of red blushing with green-white, pink or yellow color.
Kalanchoe Beauverd’s Widow’s-thrillHeight: 4 feet
spread: 0.07 feet
Lance-shaped, dark purple-black succulent leaves with red color.
Kalanchoe Paddle PlantHeight: 2 feet
spread: 3feet
Paddle-shaped, basal rosette of fleshy stemless leaves with red-tinged with red, orange and even yellow color.
Kalanchoe Tugela CliffHeight: 1.97 feet
spread: 1.97 feet
Shell-shaped, showy, light, bluish, cloaked with the edges and the ages leaves with grey-green color.
Kalanchoe MillotHeight: 1 feet
spread: 1 feet
Oval-shaped, ovate leaves that have scalloped edges and a slightly fuzzy texture with green color.
Kalanchoe TetraphyllaHeight: 2.5 feet
spread: 0.59 feet
Paddle-shaped, fleshy leaves with a rounded appearance with yellow color.
Kalanchoe Walking Height: 0.66 feet
spread: 0.38 feet
Bell-shaped, light green tubular foliage with jagged, palish pink edges on the leaves with light green color.
Kalanchoe Snow WhiteHeight: 4 feet
spread: 6 feet
Paddle-shaped ,fleshy bright green leaves that are covered by fine hairs with white color.
Kalanchoe Six Angled Height: 2 feet
spread: 3 feet
Elliptically-shaped, ridged or squared stems and elliptical, upward-cupped, long green leaves with tinged red and marron color.

Note: All of the species of Kalanchoe are toxic as they contain cardiac glycosides that are toxic. So, keep your children and pets away from Kalanchoe.

Basic Kalanchoe Plant Care

The Kalanchoe tomentosa (Fuzzy Kalanchoe) varieties belong to the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae), native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. 

USDA 9 and above have the best environment for the plant to flourish.

Here are some basic care tips that I have been following to keep my Kalanchoe happy.

  • The best place to grow Kalanchoe is a western or southern-facing window with ample sunlight.
  • To protect from high-intensity sunlight, draw light curtains that block direct light.
  • Avoid placing your Kalanchoe varieties near cold, drafty vents or heating vents, as it causes temperature fluctuation.
  • Use a fast-draining potting mix for proper structure and pore space, preventing soggy roots.
  • Fertilize your Kalanchoe with all-purpose liquid fertilizer, balanced NKP fertilizer (20-20-20), or any organic fertilizer twice or thrice a year during summer and spring.
  • Maintain a 30-50% humidity around the plant using a humidifier or grouping all the houseplants together. 
  • Ensure to water your plant twice a week in the summer, reducing it to twice a month in the winter. Before watering, check the dryness of the soil to avoid overwatering.
  • Since water droplet on the leaves harbors pests, avoid misting the plant regularly.
  • To enhance plant growth, prune your Kalanchoes right after they bloom. Trimming the branches annually helps to develop more blossoms.
  • Consider repotting the plant once it outgrows the pot, or a sign of rootbound (root peeking out of the drain hole, low water retention, and droopy plant) appears.

FAQs About Kalanchoe Varieties

Kalanchoe can withstand a low-light indoor setting but grows best in bright indirect sunlight.

However, the plant should have 14 hours of the dark period to promote budding and bloom.

What to do with Kalanchoe after flowering?

Many gardeners prune down the faded blooms to encourage robust growth next season.

The best time to do that would be at the end of the blooming season (at the end of the spring).

From Editorial Team


Bring these vibrant succulents home and enjoy their aesthetic beauty.

Moreover, shades of Kalanchoe varieties liven up any dull space in your home and office.

The only thing you must be careful of with these succulents is not overwatering them. Next is to provide them with ample sunlight.

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