With a natural habitat as a sub shrub in lightly wooded areas, Kalanchoe rhombopilosa is well suited to growing in containers and indoors. Being a naturally small growing species with attractive foliage year round this is a good plant for small apartments and growing on shaded balconies as well as indoors in a well lit position.
A white flowering form is available as is a form with thicker fleshy leaves with more of a green colour to them
Grown for the attractive foliage which is best described as cupped, a silvery green colour flecked with brown. Sometimes called ‘Pies from Heaven’.
This is a fairly easy species to grow, it does require a free draining soil and it does require protection from hot direct sun to prevent leaf burn.
A little slow release fertiliser when repotting is usually adequate.
- Water from late spring through summer.
- Allow the soil too dry between waterings.
- Reduce water in winter.
- Botanical Name – Kalanchoe rhombopilosa
- Common Name – Pies from Heaven.
- Family – Crassulaceae
- Origins – Southwestern Madagascar
- Height – To around 30 cm.
- Spread – To around 20 cm
- Growth rate – Medium.
- Position – Light shade.
- Soil – Free draining
- Flowers – Small yellow to pink.
- Flowering Time –
- Foliage – Mid to deep green.
- Frost tolerant – Best protected from frosts
- Drought tolerant – Yes