Paddle plant

Kalanchoe luciae | Also known as: Paddle kalanchoe, Red pancakes, Desert cabbage, Flapjack plant | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The Paddle plant will never leave you up the creek.

Designing a garden can be a tricky task that leaves you feeling like you’re up the creek without a paddle. Luckily help is at hand with kalanchoe luciae or paddle plant. Easy to grow and offering attractive fleshy leaves shaped like paddles, this plant offers a striking mix of colours. The pale green in the centre of the leaves contrasts well with the red margins and the light yellow flowers that bloom in spring. Ideal growing conditions are loamy or sandy soil with good drainage in an area that receives lots of sunlight or partial shade. Paddle plant is perfect for low-maintenance gardens and looks exceptional in rock gardens. It also thrives in containers, making it an easy way to brighten up a courtyard garden or to create a colourful outside seating area.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Variegated
Foliage in summer
  • Variegated
Foliage in Autumn
  • Variegated
Foliage in winter
  • Variegated
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • stem tip cuttings
  • leaf cuttings
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Irregular
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years