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Belonging in the family Crassulaceae, Kalanchoe is a perennial, evergreen succulent native to Africa, Madagascar and some areas of Asia. Depending on the particular cultivar, plants bloom in a vast range of colors including white, red, pink, yellow, orange and purple. Kalanchoe is a hardy, relatively maintenance-free plant. Its bright sprays of flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a welcome addition to butterfly gardens. All parts of the plant are poisonous (they contain daigremontianin and other bufadienolides), which can even be fatal if ingested by infants or small pets.
Kalanchoe “Pink Butterflies” is an incredibly colorful variegated form of an old hybrid that was hard to track down its heritage. The original hybrid was known as ‘Houghton’s Hybrid’, and was a cross between Kalanchoe diagremontiana aka the Mother of Thousands and Kalanchoe delagoensis (aka Kalanchoe tubiflora). At some point a variegated sport of this hybrid appeared and ‘Pink Butterflies’ came to be. The difference between the parent plant and the “daughter” is that both parents of the original hybrid are “viviparous”, producing hundreds of tiny plantlets on their leaves that readily fall from the parents root with little to no effort. ‘Pink Butterflies’ while still producing copious quantities of tiny pink butterfly-like plantlets on its leaves have lost their ability to root from plantlets. Sometimes a couple might take, but in general, no. They are pink because they lack chlorophyll. Thus like any of a variegated plant that lacks chlorophyll, they simply die.
Several cultivars of Pink Kalanchoe such as Carnea, Bingo and Sensation range in colors from light pink to vibrant, dark pink.
Cultivar: Pink Butterflies (aka Pink Sparkler)
Native: Africa, Madagascar and some areas of Asia
Plant type: Tropicals and Tender Perennials. Cactus and Succulents. Evergreen.
Hardiness: Tender. USDA 10a-11
Light: Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Well-drained, Sand, Loam
Moisture: Drought Tolerant, Average Water. Do not overwater.
Flowering period: Mid Fall
Flower color: Pale Pink
Height: 60 cm – 90 cm (24 in -36 in)
Spread: 22 cm – 30 cm (9 in – 12 in)
Propagation: from leaf cuttings. Allow cut surface to callous over before planting. By air layering. From bulbils.
Uses: Containers. Suitable for xeriscaping. Indoor/ Outdoor (Patio).
Tips: Drought tolerant when established.
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