- Firstly, Kalanchoe serves as the name for an extensive genus of roughly 125 known species of tropical, flowering succulents.
- In addition, despite its great range, only one recognized species of this genus evolved as endemic to the New World, however.
- People also cultivate Kalanchoe quite often as rock garden plants, or as household plants. The plant’s varieties are popular for a variety of reasons.
- Finally, in 1763, the botanist Michel Adanson was the first to describe the genus.
Kalanchoe Physical Description
Most forms of Kalanchoe evolved as either perennial herbaceous plants or shrubs. However, a few species remain either annual or biennial in nature.
Also, some of the largest varieties may sometimes attain a height of as much as 20 ft (6 m). Most varieties of the plant, however, remain less than 3 ft (1 m) in height.
The plants are rather distinctive in how the flowers grow. The plant produces new cells on the inner surfaces of the petals which force them outward.
These will also grow them on the outside of the petals to force them closed.
Kalanchoe Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The genus also remains quite well known for many attributes that make it attractive to horticulturists.
These include ease of propagation, low water requirements, an displaying a rather wide variety of colors among the blooms.
Furthermore, a few varieties of Kalanchoe reproduce asexually, and at least one species of is an air plant and thus reproduces vegetatively.
Many species are also popular food sources for the caterpillar form of the Red Pierrot Butterfly. Many are also toxic, while others have been ingredients in traditional medicines.