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KALANCHOES

Chandelier plant Kalanchoe tubiflora
Obviously, the two photographs of this plant were taken at different times of the year. On the right at the time of year that earned this little treasure its name.
From: The tropics in Africa.
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: Full sun and relatively scant water will keep the chandelier plant content. It will grow tiny plantlets at the tips of its stick like leaves which will keep you in good supply of new plants.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012
 

Donkey's Ears, Life Plant, Palm Beachbells, Miracle Leaf, Tree of Life Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri, Bryophyllum gastonis-bonnieri, K. adolph-engleri, B. adolph-engleri
This is a rather large leaved form of kalanchoe. What you see in the photograph on the left are leaves about 3 or 4" long.
From:
Madagascar
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: This plant will grow to be at least 2' tall and will need some space to the sides as well. It likes to be in bright semi shade and will do just fine with a somewhat restricted amount of water. It is not frost hardy.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010

 

 

Elephant Ear Kalanchoe Encephalartos horridus
From: Madagascar
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011.
Planting and Care: This is a lovely member of the family and it is equally easy to care for. Give it full sun or a semi shady place in the garden if you live in a warm place. It can handle light frost, but would prefer to be inside in any kind of real winter conditions.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

 

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Kalanchoe, Flapjack Kalanchoe, Desert Cabbage Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
I first found this beautiful plant at a small hotel where we took a much needed short break while driving from the city of Oaxaca to the coastline of the State of Oaxaca. Once leaving the city the drive was spectacular, but the road was narrow and the mountain switchbacks tiring. This stop along the way was yet one more lovely visual surprise that day. Years later I came across this lovely plant in Sydney, Australia, and was very pleased to get reaquainted.
From: Zimbabwe and South Africa
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

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Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: High in the mountains in San Jose Pacifico, in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

 

Photographed: At the Jardin de Cactus in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, in 2014.

Photographed: At the Jardin de Cactus in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, in 2014.

 

 
**Kalanchoe Magic Tower Kalanchoe serrata
This is a small succulent plant of a grayish green color. It has many small thin oval leaves on the edges of which form many very tiny round secondary "leaves" or plantlets. I find this plant uninteresting and thought I'd eradicated it from our cactus garden, but here it is growing again. I think it should be put into a succulent weed category.
Planting and Growth:
This little plant is a survivor. If you have one of those "black thumbs," this is a perfect plant for you! It will grow in the sun or in the shade with a bit of water now and then.
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2008
 
**Kalanchoe Mystery #1
On the left is a photograph of this plant taken in December in our below deck garden where at that time of year it is in a bright, but shady area. In the photograph below it is the same plant still flowering in late May when it is in full sun almost all day. Its leaves have taken on a bronze coloring and the entire plant is thriving.
From:
Photographed:
In our deck garden at our former home in Montserrat
Planting and Care:

Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2009/2010

 

**Kalanchoe Mystery #2
Photographed:
At the Jardin de Cactus in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, in 2014.
 
Lavender Scallops Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi
  Benefits:
From:

Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 

Mother-of-Millions Bryophyllum spp.
This little treasure bloomed for months, but seemingly never produced a seed I could take away with me.
From:
Madagascar
Photographed:
In the garden of our apartment in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Planting and Care:
This kalanchoe had been growing in a clay pot in a semi shady area for years. It was watered, but irregularly, and it didn't seem to matter. It is so easy to care for that it might almost be considered a weed if it weren't so pretty.
Warning: This plant is highly toxic especially when in bloom.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2012

 

Paddle Leaf Kalanchoe Kalanchoe luciae
Like the Flapjack Kalanchoe above this is an especially appealing member of the Kalanchoe family.
From: South Africa
Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: Plant in full sun and give it a reasonable amount of water and the paddle leaf will be off and running. It is not a slow grower.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010

 

Pussy Ears, Panda Plant Kalanchoe tomentosa
This furry plant is striking even in a garden of other unusual plants.

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: Like other kalanchoes, this one prefers full sun and only a moderate amount of water.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010

 

 

**Kale Brassica oleracea
This is a pretty plant growing no more than about a foot high and wide. Its gray/green crinkled foliage is very attractive so it makes a great border planting along the side of walkways.
Benefits:
       Kale is now touted as THE vegetable that will save your life, no matter what ails you. I'm not sure I agree with the hyperbole, but it is nutritious and has a great hearty flavor which makes it a perfect addition to winter stews. Be sure to eat ONLY ORGANIC KALE. Having grown it myself in gardens in New England and in the tropics, I know how many pesticides are probably used on commercial kale crops. It is best to take no chances when you are eating for your health.
       Kale is loaded with vitamins B, K and A and "...is high in lutein and zeaxanthin" which may help to keep your eyes sharp. As if all of this weren't enough, kale is also a good source of manganese. If you like it, have it often. It's easy to cook and it's delicious.
From: Unknown
Planting and Care: As is usual for vegetables, give it several hours of sunlight and a rich moist soil and it will do just fine.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

Photographed: In our garden at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Photographed: At the URI Outreach Center in Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI, in 2013.

 
**Kalihari in India See The "S" Page -- SUPERB LILY
 

Kapok Tree, Silk Cotton Tree, Ceiba Tree Ceiba pentandra
This stunning tree will grow as tall as 150 feet. Beginning in May and lasting into June in Montserrat the feathery fluffy seeds fly through the air and sometimes float on our pool. It is a magical time that I'm sure the pool man would describe another way.
Benefits: Its pods are a source of the cottony material once used in life preservers as it is water repellant. In past days it was also used to stuff mattresses and pillows.
Photographed: Beside the road in a couple of different areas of Montserrat at different times of the year.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2008

 

 
**Key Lime Tree See The "L" Page -- LIME TREE
 
King's Mantle See the "T" Page -- THUNBERGIA -- King's Mantle
 

Kiwifruit, Chinese Gooseberry Probably this one is A. deliciosa
Oddly enough, the kiwi fruit grows on a vine, not a tree. This probably means you can have the fruit much more quickly than if you have to plant a tree.
Benefits: Having a kiwi now and then will certainly not hurt you. These fruits are delicious and a great source of Vitamin C.
From: China
Photographed:
In the (Ortobotanico) Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy, in 2014.

Planting and Care: Kiwifruit vines are not particularly strong so they are usually trailed over a support system. They will grow in any temperate climate, but prefer a warm and sunny summer. This is probably not a perfect fruit for the home gardener as it is very difficult to pollinate, even when you are lucky enough to have both a male and female plant.
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2008 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2015

 

Kniphofia
There are many varieties this plant which has red, orange and yellow fleshy flowers which grow on a spike with blooms arriving normally in late summer. It is one of my husband's favorites!
Photograph: Taken of market flowers in Oaxaca, Mexico.
To see more of the city visit our travelers information site, www.Oaxaca-Today.com
Planting and Growth: It likes full sun or semi shade and a moderate amount of water, though it is a tough plant that will survive without assistance during times of drought. Kniphofia do not like to be moved so think ahead before you plant one.

Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2008/2010

 

Knotweed Polygonum capitatum
This makes an ideal decorative addition to stone walls or walkways. It is oddly appealing and very unintrusive.
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: This very small low and fast growing perennial will do fine in full sun or low light. I suspect it is a member of the weed family which is just fine by me.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010

 
Kuasi, Landin, Amunu, Black Pine, Cipres Pedocarpus neriifolia
This is a beautiful tree with soft foliage much like an asparagus fern. If you have the space it would be a lovely addition to any garden.
From:
The Himalayas
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy
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Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010
 

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