Silver Teaspoons Kalanchoe
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Shrubby succulent best known for their fleshy silver-green foliage shaped like teaspoons. Kalanchoe hildebrandtii grows about 3 feet tall, and has multiple well-branched stems. The stems are woody, and the flowers are bell-shaped and small. Its native to southern and south western Madagascar. There it grows on rocky soil, usually on the fertile soil between these rocks. This soil is typically rich in organic matter from decomposed vegetative matter caught in the rocks.
It is often confused with Kalanchoe bracteata, but can be differentiated by its flowers. K. bracteata has brilliant red flowers, where K. hildebrandtii has flowers that range in color from white, to yellow to pale green.
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.