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Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

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Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Paddle Plant

Paddle Plant

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Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Paddle Plant

Paddle Plant

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Paddle Plant flowers

Paddle Plant flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Desert Cabbage, Dog Tongue

Description:

This variety is easily recognized by its paddle shaped leaves that are oppositely arranged and covered with a thick wax; full sun encourages red coloring; tall yellow flower stalks in late winter, when plant matures; great for containers and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Paddle Plant features bold spikes of yellow bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain green in color with distinctive indian red edges and tinges of silver throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Paddle Plant is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Paddle Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Paddle Plant will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 14 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 10 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this slow-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Paddle Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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