Also known as
Paddle Plant, Red Pancakes, Desert Cabbage, Dog Tongue, Pancake Plant, Northern White Lady, Flapjack Plant, Flipping Pancakes
Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe luciae) 3 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 4.0)
This plant has a mild fragrance
Paddle Kalanchoe Overview
This succulent species has large, thick, spatula- to circular-shaped leaves that have a wide reddish tinge along their edges. Younger leaves and stems have a white, powdery coating which acts as protection from the sun and harsh environments. The younger inner leaves are upright and parallel, as they age they slant slightly outwards and often develop wavy edges. The plant produces numerous offsets throughout its life, ensuring replacements.
Common problems with Paddle Kalanchoe
Slugs and snails as well as other nibbling insects.
How to propagate Paddle Kalanchoe
Cuttings root easily in well-draining mixtures.
Sow seed in sandy soil mix and keep moist.
New roots form where the succulent stem touches the soil. Cut off and replant.
Special features of Paddle Kalanchoe
Nectar-rich flowers attrack birds like sunbirds
Attracts useful insects
Pretty yellow bell-shaped flowers.
The fleshy round leaves, resembling Flap Jacks, die back after flowering, but soon new ones emerge. The red border disappear in shade or with regular watering.