Each plant features a basal rosette of large, fleshy, wedge-shaped or paddle-shaped, stalkless, obovate, gray-green leaves which are covered with a white powdery bloom. Rosette leaves are stacked like pancakes (hence the common name of flapjacks), with leaf edges extended upward in order to minimize sun exposure to the leaf surfaces.
While usually grown as a house plant, the succulent perennials of the Kalanchoe family can grow outside in regions with warm or mild winters. Some kalanchoe varieties are sold as annuals and discarded after the flowers fade.
Dense clusters of tiny fragrant yellow flowers appear in spring on this vigorous, easy to grow ground cover. After blooming is finished enjoy the silvery colored, evergreen leaves.
Plant Flapjack Kalanchoe flapjack where it receives several hours of bright sunlight but is protected during the hottest part of the day. Avoid total shade, which causes the plant to become long and spindly. Sunlight brings out the intense red leaf edges.
Special features: Interesting tropical plant. Mass in the garden where winter hardy. Good accent. Rock garden. May be grown as an annual.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used outdoor and indoor living room.
Medicinal use: In traditional medicine, Kalanchoe species have been used to treat ailments such as infections, rheumatism, and inflammation. Kalanchoe extracts also have immunosuppressive effects.
Note: Consult your health expert.