Common name: Kalanchoe, Flaming Katy
Botanical name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Family: Crassulaceae (sedum family)
Kalanchoes are succulent plants with flat, glossy, green leaves. Kalanchoes
will also bloom with small pretty flowers in shades of reds, pinks, oranges,
and yellows. The plant was originally brought from Magadascar to Paris in
1927, while in 1928 a German merchant managed to grow it as a houseplant and
started to trade it a few years later, around 1932. His name was Blossfeld and
the common variety of kalanchoe was named after him (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
The name kalanchoe came from a chinese word but it is still unknown how and
when it was given to the plant.
Grown indoors or out for its bright flowers and ornamental, fleshy foliage.
The small flowers are grouped in tightly paced flowerheads borne on long
stems. Each head has between 20 - 50 flowers. Will thrive outdoors in
frost-free areas. Ideal container or indoor plant. Tiny flowers are borne
mainly in Summer and Autumn, but also in Winter in the more temperate areas.
Identification credit: Shaista Ahmad
Photo: Th. Girija
|Photographed in Jamia Millia,