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Big Momma Kalanchoe

Kalamchoe laetivirens


Also known at Kalanchoe HBG 73004, from Huntington Botanic Gardens' distribution. Upright stout short trunks support thick upturned pearly surfaced fleshy leaves (so wide as to be nearly round in outline), each heavily ringed by a margin of cute baby plantlets--every kid needs one. Perhaps the most architecturally pleasing of this category as the foliage is both very compact and very heavily laden with offspring.


Originally from South Africa the Kalamchoe laetivirens, full sun and dry conditions are what these plants thrive in. All you need to do is sprinkle them on dry sandy soil, put in bright light, water very lightly until the plant is established. They root very fast and easily.


In traditional medicine, Kalanchoe species have been used to treat ailments such as infections, rheumatism and inflammation. Kalanchoe extracts also have immunosuppressive effects. Kalanchoe pinnata has been recorded in Trinidad and Tobago as being used as a traditional treatment for hypertension.

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1 Comment

Lionel Mordecai
Lionel Mordecai 5 years ago

While this particular species needs sunshine, do not put it out in full sun during the summer. It will burn. Morning sun is fine. Summer noonday sun will cook it. LSM

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Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 23, 2012

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