Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Also known as the paddle plant, desert cabbage or dog's tongue Kalanchoe thyrisiflora, is one of the easiest succulents to grow. Not only that, it will keep you and your friends supplied for the rest of your life.

In the past I have kept them in a shady location with only a short spell in the morning sun. But I was reading recently that it will take quite a bit of sun and sun will result in it taking on that orange glow around the edges. That definitely gives it a little more pizazz.

This year I moved the hypertuffa trough from the Spanish Oak garden into the Front courtyard garden
and filled it flapjack plants that had been in another planter. They are exposed to the full afternoon sun and seem to be doing very well.

This one in a similar exposure has only faint tinges of red. The plant is monocarpic so when it flowers   that will be the end of its life, but it will leave plenty of children and grandchildren behind.

Either way it has a become one of my favorite plants.


  1. Your hypertufa creations are always lovely. I don't seem to have as much luck with getting my Kalanchoe to spread but perhaps they get a bit too much sun.

  2. It looks so nice in that hypertufa container. That orange glow definitely gives it some pop!