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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pics of the wild growing Kalanchoe!

OK, today I finally had my camera to take pics of the Kalenchoe that grows wild in a big neglected field a few towns away from me.

In the picture below you can see the long thin leaves which were quite scraggly! Then below that are the pictures I took showing them in large groups and close up. 3w
I apologize that they are all sort of out of order, but I didn't have the time to rearrange them!

The long thin more yellow leaves belong to this plant! The plants growing out here in the wild have barely any leaves left on them and I had to search to find one that had this many, if you can believe it!


Aren't the blooms so pretty close up??? You can't really see the brightness of the red color in the farther away pictures!





Now I feel like doing a little research on all the different Kalenchoes....I think I am becoming infatuated with them all...

13 comments:

Bobbie Lynn said...

Wow, intresting.

Cindy said...

Well, I hope you nabbed a little piece of this guy to grow at home.

marianne said...

Unbelievable that grows over there!
Big pieces I only know as small inside plants here......
lovely!
Have a nice Sunday!

Hermes said...

That is really interesting. In your neck of the world, these people seem to have a really big collection:

http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Crassulaceae/Kalanchoe.html

I don't know this genus very well but I love those flowers. Thanks.

Claude said...

Well, to help with your research a little... These used to be called Kalancho, and most people still call them that, but fairly recently taxonomist renamed them Bryophyllum. They're really interesting plants.

Cathy said...

Really nice, I saw that variety at
the garden center I was tempted to
buy it...but I am running out of room
hehe :)

Julie said...

Thanks Claude! I had seen that name popping up, but I wasn't yet keen on it....I'm slow to change, ya know! LOL.

And Cathy- I know you are right about that, girl! You have more houseplants than any one person EVER!!! LOL! :)

Hermes- thanks for the site...I looked at them (the kalanchoe varieties) all, and appreciate your sharing it with me, so I can see if I can figure them all out! Many of the leaves are so similar!

Claude said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that I had one here once that I brought in for the winter to enjoy the blooms... the flower stalks themselves started growing new plantlets, right in among the flowers...by the time spring came and it could go back outside, it was a strange looking 3 foot tall stem with no leaves, topped by a mass of red bells, topped by little plants that had started to grow their own plantlets. I didn't take a pic, for some reason, but it was really quite bizarre...

Teri C said...

Geez, you got me at 'growing wild'. These are houseplants in Wisconsin. Those flowers are gorgeous!

Darla said...

Kalanchoe what a great plant. I have several, don't know what type though. The frost gets them and they come right back, at least they have for the last umpteen years.

Tootsie said...

unreal!!! just wonderful!

Flying Colors said...

Wow! These are absolutely fabulous! Thanks for showing them... would have never know :)

Jeannie said...

I also love this plant!!! SOOOOO easy and quite lovely when it blooms... and the blooms seem to last forever. I've always known it as 'Mother of Millions'... and that name sure fits this plant. I picked up two fallen leaves about 2-3 wks ago intending to pass them on to a friend... instead they stayed on the table several weeks and EVERY tip of those leaves made babies... with little hairlike roots going every which-a-way... no water.... nothing! She transplanted them and will have a veritable forest of these lil boogers. A friend in Australia sent me photos where this plant grows wild... quite like our bluebonnets... fields and fields of this plant with all those lovely red blooms. She considers them quite invasive and was amused that some of us actually grow them.

Love your blog! Jeannie in TX