Get to Know Calandiva®

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April 22, 2016
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Flower Bio: Calandiva® (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Botanical Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)

Related to: jade, broadleaf stonecrop, hens and chicks

Born in: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is native to the cool plateaus of the Tsaratanana Mountains, on the north end of the island of Madagascar.

Bred by: The wild plant selection was first described by a botanist in the early 1900s, and then it was introduced by a German seed trader as a houseplant in 1932. American, German, Danish, and Dutch plant breeders improved upon this colorful character’s favorable features during the next 5 decades.

All-Star Varieties: There are over 25 varieties of Calandiva® available.

'Jamaica'-yellow'Vega'-orange'Weaver'-pink & white

(‘Jamaica’-yellow, ‘Vega’-orange, ‘Weaver’-pink & white)

Fun Fact: Calandiva® was first sold on the market in 2002. In general, Kalanchoes are appreciated for their long bloom time, at least 6 weeks, and because they require relatively minimal care. Calandiva® is particularly striking because each flower has dozens of petals, instead of the typical 4.

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