Learn about Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi commonly known as Lavender Scallops, and how to care to for it as a houseplant.
My daughter gave me this pretty Kalanchoe pronounced Kal-uhn-KOH-ee, and Haworthia succulent a while back. She is a huge succulent lover. In fact, she even wrote a nice post for me on successful tips and mistakes when growing succulents.
If you have any interest in houseplants then for sure you have seen or maybe even grow Kalanchoe. Typically you will find them everywhere with green leaves and flowers like this pretty pink one shown above. However, this is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. It's very common and produces pretty flowers, but the foliage itself is not that special.
The plant my daughter gave me is Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi. More specifically the whole scientific name is Kalanchoe Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’.Kalanchoe Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’.
If you live in USDA zone 9a or higher you can grow this outside. However, I grow it indoors as a houseplant.
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The common name for this plant is Lavender Scallops. This has to do with the lavender scalloped edges on the leaves. Mine has a lot of cream variegation but not a lot of lavender.
I've read that in bright sunlight the plant produces more lavender color. Later in the year (above), it's showing more pink sitting in a bright window.
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Care
- use well-draining soil -cactus mix or amended potting mix with perlite and/or sand
- keep it in bright sunlight - mine is on a windowsill
- water infrequently - no more than once a week - the soil should look & feel dry
- prune leggy branches as needed
One of the interesting things about this plant is the way it creates plantlets on the edges of the leaves. This abundant propagation is why another common name is "Mother of Thousand."
Eventually, the plantlets drop off, and if there is soil underneath they will grow into new plants.
You may notice some thin aerial roots coming from your kalanchoe plant. Much like orchids, most likely they are just looking for more moisture. Typically most households do not have the humid environment that would be ideal for these plants.
However, if your plant looks otherwise healthy the aerial roots are really nothing to worry about.
Note: Kalanchoe plants are listed as toxic like so many houseplants, though while researching the toxicity of Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi I found many articles that say it's not toxic. However, it's always best to be on the safe side, so keep it out of reach from pets and small children. If you have any concerns call your local poison control center.
If you're lucky this pretty houseplant will eventually flower (above). However, even if it doesn't its foliage is beautiful just as it is.