Low Maintenance, Easy Care Succulent Houseplants

Kalanchoe species show up in garden centers, florists, and even at the grocery store.

The reason? They’re bright and colorful, or weird and bizarre, and always appealing.

Many are handed down as Legacy Plants, from generation to generation. Several have reproductive leaves, with their babies ringing the edges in a characteristic trait.


They are easy to grow and will put up with mishandling, over or under-watering, being left outside when a windstorm comes up, or otherwise neglected and abused.

Kalanchoe species are some of the most widely used houseplants, for good reason.

Please keep in mind that they are also poisonous, and for this reason it’s important to keep them away from pets and small children.

Find out if they are safe for cats to be around on my handy list.

Here are some of the most common of all Kalanchoe species:


Kalanchoe daigremontiana: Mother of Thousands (or Mother of Millions, depending on how many babies she has) with spotted but spear shaped leaves outlined with baby plants.

Kalanchoe ‘Butterfly Wings’ is a beautiful red to purple clone of Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

Kalanchoe delagoensis: tubular odd looking foliage, spotted in shades of grey and olive green with baby plants on the edges.

Also known as Kalanchoe tubiflora, and called by the common name of Chandelier Plant, or Mexican Hat plant after the way the little plants dangle off the edges.

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora: the Flapjack Plant, with large flat stacks of roundish leaves.

There are also named varieties of some of these species, which are bigger, better, even more colorful or have some other benefit over the actual Kalanchoe species.

Some that you’ll be sure to find are Kalanchoe blossfeldiana hybrids, also known as Flaming Katy, which have gorgeous blooms in all shades of pink, orange, red and white.

You may be lucky enough to get one of these glossy leaved, brightly flowering plants for Christmas.

Kalanchoe humilis is a relative newcomer.

With its stripey leaves in the distinct opposite arrangement, it’s reconizable even without the flower stalk.

But when it blooms, you’ll never forget it.


Kalanchoe orgalis is the copper spoons plant – you’ll notice the distinctively different upper and lower sides of each leaf and the orange rust color;


Some forms are more or less orange – the ones with less are sometimes called Silver Spoons.


There are many other species of this widely-grown genus.

Some look completely different and you would swear that they couldn’t possibly be related.

Explore more of these amazing plants, you’ll be sure to find at least one that appeals to you.

Find some other forms and species of Kalanchoe below:

These are contributed by other visitors…


New succulents 
Hello! I got these as favors from a wedding and am not sure what either of them are. The blackish purple one looks dead, but has a little bit of green …


Clueless!! Help with Bert and Ernie 
Large broad leaves kind of scalloped on the edges. One has pretty red flowers the other yellow. I am woefully ignorant about ALL plants. I hope you …


Identify my lettuce-like succulent! 
Looks like lettuce!! Impossible to find on the internet…has thin ruffled, soft leaves with a thick, fleshy stem. Doesn’t seem to like COMPLETE indirect …


friends tell me this is a moss begonia 
I have other begonias and I cannot locate one like this but everyone keeps telling me it is a moss begonia. Medium think leaves with scalloped edges and …


Any help? 
I just bought this (probably?) succulent at an Asian farmers’ market — the woman selling them did not speak enough English to be able to tell me what …


Is it a Jade? 
Kind of looks like jade, but makes red flowers and leaf borders aren’t smooth It was given to me by a friend’s mother about 15 years ago. It’s not …


Kalanchoe laxiflora 
Got this beautiful little lady at a succulent event and I forgot what they called it. struggling to find a match on the internet! It has thinner leaves …


Kalanchoe marnieriana
I purchased this from a local market and I lost the name. I re planted it in a new container and I think I’m making it really unhappy. This plant is …


Need help identifying this succulent. 
Slightly variegated leaf, red stems. See photo.


Could you please tell me what type of Kalanchoe this is. Thank you!


What is this succulent? 
I can’t seem to find out what family this succulent belongs to — it seems very unique. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks!


Mystery plants – maybe kalanchoe 
Hi! I’d love your help identifying these lovely plants! The one on the right has a rounded stem and serrated VERY reproductive leaves. I grew it from …


Tall w/fleshy green leaves 
Thick fleshy green leaves Reddish stem with fine “hairs” Multiple offshoots around base of plant New growth (multiple offshoots) at very top recently …


Soft leggy succulent tall with thin leaves 
Soft sage green with two leaves parallel from each other. The leaves are variegated approx 18-20 humps (? Waves?) per leaf on the outer edge – soft and …


fleshy green leaf 
green serrated leafs with new leaf growth in center of old leaf


unidentified succulant
I asked an employee at a local garden store and she told me this was some type of succulant. Can someone help me identify it please. I want to buy some …


Mint-leaf like succulent 
My succulent is about 6 inches tall and the leaves look like actual leaves, resembling thick mint leaves. The leaves tend to curl inwards a little and …


4 petal white star flower 
4 petal white star with long points


Tall succulent – unidentified 
I got this succulent about 4 years ago, when it was a baby. It has a long stem/trunk and the leaves are at the very top – green and roundish. Its now about …


Round Leaf Succulent 
Round leaves that turn from green to yellow and fall off. Some of them have a slight pink border around the rim. The leaves grow from tall skinny stalks. …


Kalanchoe ‘Pearl Bell’ 
Please help identify this. I have a leaf succulent with waxy, serrated leaves. It has single moroon color, bell-shaped flowers with four green-tipped petals. …


Tall growing fuzzy leaves 
This grows tall from a single stalk. Haven’t had luck propagating leaves that fall off. I’m worried that it will break if it gets much taller. Some bottom …


Help! I think I’m killing it! 
Two Chinese girls gave this plant to me the day they moved back to China & told me nothing about it. I think it’s a succulent…? Okay, when I got …


Flowering succulent from a cutting 
Large fleshy round leaves on bottom, tall flowering limbs with small red flowers Hi Kathie, this little guy is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. You can see …


Beautiful plant needs name! 
I have had this plant that’s clearly a succulent for years. I just recently lost it due to a pest problem and really would like to find another. …


purpleish succulent 
purplish jagged edges and the succulent grows as a bush This pretty plant is also one of the many Kalanchoe species that are popular for their drought …


Small Tree-Like Succulent, Please help identify! 
The entire plant has a very fleshy feel to it. Has an interesting growth pattern too where it grows two branches with thick leaf like attachments on it, …


Is this a Kalanchoe Crassula Rogersii? 
Grows like a Kalanchoe. Leaves fat and if stressed turns red on the tips. Could also be Crassula Rogersii. Flowers upright and red. Height about 30 cm. …


What is this plant with a unique flower? 
I cannot figure out what this plant is..and neither can 2 other horticulturalists (granted, they dont specialize in these types of plants). Thanks! …


Don’t know what this is but I suspect it’s a type of Echeveria 
My husband brought this home from an abandoned house. Is there a specific name for this plant? I’ve been trying to look for this particular bloom. The …


Help Me Id My Beauty! 
My friend gave me two, little baby buds of this unknown succulent. (I have a soft spot for succulents.) After a few months, they grew soooo quickly! …


Jade like with chandelier like flowers 
The “leaves” are paw-shaped fat and variegated. The plant puts out a foot-long slower stem and a set of flowers that look like a chandelier appears. …


I think it’s a succulent… 
I got it as a gift and it is dying. It has long, thick leaves which are spread out awkwardly over the edge of the pot. The longest leaves are …


‘Hand me down’ succulent. 
I was given this plant at a farmer’s market. I was checking out one tiny pot of succulent. It was a 2 inch pot at the most, and it was like a rosette …


2 Succulents need identifying 🙂
Hello, I have 2 plants in the same pot, as they like similar watering patterns, but I don’t know what either of them are, both were 0.49p plants in some …


Pink flowered succulent 
Approx 12 inches high and 12 inch spread with bright pink flower clusters which bloomed just before Christmas and is still in flower. It was given …


3′ Tall succulent with blooms 
15″ long leaves, waxy, rounded at base and pointed on the other – with sawtooth edges. Before blooming, leaves were green/gray – now that it is blooming, …


A gift from the in-laws… 
I received this from my mother in law. She doesn’t know what it is, only that it was given to her by someone when they were in Texas. The “leaves” are …


Indoor and sun liking plant 
Hi, I got this one from the market about 3 months ago and it has grown by some 6cm since then to reach ~20- cm in height. All new additions are light green, …


Fluffy Succulent? 
It has long stalks, looks really fluffy with tiny white hairs and has brown tips (supposed to be normal according to the clerk). From what I can see …


Tall fuzzy light green succulent plant. 
My mom and dad went to the local walgreens and decided to get me a lithops that looked like some butts as a joke and this mystery plant. Its fuzzy to the …


Beautiful Succulent in the Bahamas 
Nursery where purchased didn’t know the name but said it would flower. Hi Kathy, without knowing more about this plant, especially seeing it in bloom …


vine like  
This succulent has a pinkish/purple stems that hang over the pot it is in; the leaves have 10 small points, just on the tips. The leaves are also green …


Kalanchoe marmorata 
It is in a large hanging basket and gets the sun all day. It has large full leaves and stems approx 2cms in diametre. Hangs over the edge of the basket …


Small succulent 
Thick, flat fleshy green and purple round leaves, two per layer, with flowering branches growing from the center. White flowers although flowers not yet …


Unknown upright succulent 
It’s an upright succulent (or so my husband says!), with plump, waxy leaves. I received it as a small thank-you gift 1.5 years ago, and shortly after …


fuzzy leaf with brownish red tips
It has an oblonged leaf wich is fuzzy with little brownish red spots on tips of the leaves. Drought Smart Plants reply: This is yet another of …


Upright, round purple-green leaves 
Upright, round, waxy leaves growing from one stem. Leaves have purple tinge around the edges. Drought Smart Plants reply: This appears to be some …


green paddle-shaped toothed leaves purple trim 
The leaf has white border, no thorns, scalloped edge to leaves. Pups show up on long thin stem that comes out of base of plant, I think. Drought …


I bought this succulent today and was wondering if you could help me identify what kind it is. It has several broad leaves at the base of the plant …


Fuzzy succulent with green, serrated leaves 
I saw this at home depot and loved the velvety-soft, fuzzy leaves, which are medium green and lightly serrated around the edges. The fuzz is white. …


Succulent with Bell Like Flowers 
Hi, I have been trying to identify this plant for some months now, but haven’t had any luck. I’ve had it for three years, but last year was the first …


Flowering succulent? 
It has flat, thickish green, waxy leaves and has clusters of white flowers with a pink center. The flower clusters are between 5 and 10 per cluster. …


Help Identify a succulent house plant  
I received as a gift in April and it was in bloom at the time. There was nothing giving any hint of the plants identity. When in bloom the flowers are …


No Name Succulent 
grey/green, notched leaves protrusions on leaf backs