Another Mother

I have posted on another Mother-of-Thousands,

This one is also called Mother-of-Millions, Alligator Plant and Mexican Hat Plant.


It also goes by several scientific/genus names; Bryophyllum, Crassulaceae or Kolanchoe.

Even the species/specific epithet may change from daigremontiana to pinnata.

No wonder it had no label when I purchased it from a greenhouse.


The leaflets on the mama leaves are held by tiny pink “spoons” along the edges.


Some grow roots before they drop off, but most do not.


They do not get far from the mama plant.


Cute, but crowded.


Mother-of-Thousands? Not this Mama!

I am so glad that I am NOT a Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

This plant reproduces both sexually, by flowers, and asexually.

The ends of its leaves are covered with tiny “plantlets” with needy, draping roots.


Can you imagine trying to live with little”adultlets” hanging off of your arms?

Mother of thousands?  Two progeny has about done me in.

The Kalanchoe babies do eventually drop off, but to where?

The same pot, that’s where.


So now,  Mama Kalanchoe has to share her soil and water with all those “independent” plantlets.

Talk about “Not far from the tree.”

Next time you are feeling overwhelmed by motherhood, consider yourself lucky not to be a Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

Think how it would be to drop little clones of yourself all around your house and yard.

Now, there’s my next nightmare!


The “Old Woman in the Shoe” had it way easier than this mama.

Plantlets available…by the thousands.





Orange Kalanchoe

I need bright colors when the weather is dark and dull.

What can be brighter than this Kalanchoe blossfeldiana?

Cultivars may also have flower colors of pink, yellow and red.


The deep orange bloom clusters just keep on coming for weeks in the winter.

Kalanchoes want sunshine. They need a window to sit in to get this happy.

Let them dry between waterings.



This plant is a fireball of a bloomer.