Kalanchoe prolifera

jurrasic kale
Fleshy yet ferny leaves on a thick stem. Fast. Fragile but easily to reroot from cuttings.
height 1–2ft
width 8–18in
tolerates Drought, Fog, Heat, Pots
When soil is mostly dry.
This succulent is from arid areas of Madagascar and as such likes to go almost totally dry between waterings, making it very low-maintenance. It will also tolerate going totally dry, but don’t let it sit around bone dry. Once it approaches dryness or is totally dried out, water it.

This plant comes from an area with summer rainfall and is actively growing during that time, when it is forgiving of overwatering errors.

Dry, shriveled brown lower leaves without new growth is a sign of under watering.

Remember that if kept in a small pot your plant will want more frequent watering.
exposure Bright Indirect – Direct Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Madagascar
13, 17, 21–24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Indoor Exposure Guide


Direct Sun
Beams of light hitting the plant near a window four or more hours a day. The most intense light. If you're in a direct sun spot, you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Partial Direct
Occurs when you have a plant that is in less intense direct sunlight. This happens when a plant is in a few hours of direct morning sun, or an hour or less of direct afternoon sun. It also happens when a plant is in direct sun, but more than six feet from a window, where the light is diffused.

Bright Indirect
This is just beyond the direct beam of light (or through cracked blinds or a sheer curtain filtering direct sun). Bright indirect areas are characterized by a place where you can sit and read a novel comfortably without artificial light.

Moderate Indirect
Beyond the bright indirect light. In these areas you wouldn't turn on a light walking through the room, but if you were hanging out there you would probably have the lights on, even during the day.

Low Light
Dim spots, usually the backs of rooms or hallways where you would always turn lights on, even if just walking in to grab something.


Growing Notes

Easily roots, even from a single leaf. Cutting the trunk will induce branching and the top can easily be rooted to create a new plant.

Special Interest

In areas with just the right moisture and temperature this plant can make large colonies by just falling over, rooting and replicating. One of our team saw vast colonies in India, but lucky for us this plant isn’t considered aggressive anywhere in California. It’s likely that this growth habit is where the species name ‘prolifera’ comes from.

More Info

This plant has been raised to live indoors; however, it can also grow outdoors in mild areas of California. Keep in mind that the plant will go through a stressful transition, especially if moved outside in particularly hot, cold, or wet weather. Even if this plant will eventually thrive in direct sunlight, it has not been grown in this level of light, so if you plant it in direct sun, just expect that the leaves may burn at first, then happily regrow as they acclimate to the new levels of light. Planting in the spring or fall will help with this transition.