Scientific name: Kalanchoe beharensis
Common name: Stalactite Plant, Elephant’s Ears Kalanchoe, Velvet Leaf plant, Felt Bush
‘Fang’ is a tall plant with silver leaves. The underside and margins of each leaf are covered with small tubercles. The blossoms of ‘Fang’ are red-orange in the Spring. It’s rare to see flowers if they grow inside.
Quick Look at Kalanchoe beharensis
- Full sun to partial shade
- Typical water needs for a succulent
- Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) tall
Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) wide
- Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by stem cuttings and leaves
- Can be toxic to humans and animals
- Summer Dormant
General Care for Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’
The Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’ grows well indoors. When it gets a lot of light, the leaves turn bronze, compared to the silver color you can see indoors. It makes a great addition to garden beds.
There are typical watering needs for a Succulent. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.
You can plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.
How to Propagate Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’
Stems and leaves can be used to propagation, but you may experience the best success with leaves.
Use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to grow ‘Fang’. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.
To grow ‘Fang’ from leaves, twist a leaf from the mother plant. You will have a smaller chance of success if you don’t keep the leaf on the stem.
Allow the leaf to dry out for a few days so that the end callouses over, and then place on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil is dry.
Commonly Mistaken For
Kalanchoe beharensis is also known asRoseleaf.