Kalanchoe plants are succulent perennials that belong to the family Crassulaceae. They are native to Madagascar, but have been widely cultivated and naturalized in many parts of the world due to their attractive foliage and bright, long-lasting flowers. Here are some key characteristics of Kalanchoe plants:

  • Leaves: Kalanchoe plants have thick, fleshy leaves that are usually green, but can be tinged with red, pink, or other colors depending on the species and cultivar. Some Kalanchoe species also have leaves with interesting textures or patterns, such as the "panda plant" (Kalanchoe tomentosa) with its fuzzy, silver-spotted leaves.

  • Flowers: Kalanchoe plants produce clusters of small, tubular flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, or white. The flowers are typically long-lasting and can bloom for several weeks or even months under the right conditions.

  • Growth habit: Kalanchoe plants are generally compact, bushy plants that grow to a height of 30-60 cm, although some species can grow up to 1.8 m tall. They are often grown as houseplants or in containers, but can also be used in outdoor gardens or as landscape plants in mild climates.

  • Care requirements: Kalanchoe plants are easy to care for and relatively low-maintenance. They prefer bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, and should be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. They are tolerant of a range of temperatures, but generally prefer warm, humid conditions. Kalanchoe plants can be propagated from stem cuttings or leaf cuttings.