Kalanchoe luciae: How to Grow and Care for Flapjack, Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe luciae Flapjack, Paddle Plant

Scientific name: Kalanchoe luciae

Common name: Flapjack, Paddle Plant

The leaves of Kalanchoe luciae blush in a beautiful red with the right amount of sunlight. It is monocarpic, but can easily be spread from offsets.

Quick Look at Kalanchoe luciae

  • Full sun to partial sun
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall and 36″ (91 cm) wide
    Leaves are up to 6″ (15 cm) long and 5″ (12.5 cm) wide
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by leaves, cuttings, and offsets
  • Can be toxic to animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack”

The evergreen Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” or “Paddle Plant” has yellow flowers in late winter and early spring.


The watering needs for a Succulent is typical. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Our free watering cheat sheet will show you how to tell if your plants are getting too much water and how to save it.

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. There is an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Often Mistaken For

The plant is called Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. There are some differences between these two plants. When stressed, Kalanchoe luciae is more red than light green.

How to Propagate Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack”

Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” or “Paddle Plant” can be grown from leaves, cuttings, or offsets.


It’s possible to get “Flapjack” from leaves, but it’s not easy.

If you want to propagation a leaf, gently twist the leaf from the stem. The leaf should be a clean pull, where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will increase the chances of a successful propagation.

Allow the leaf to dry out for a day or two before placing it on the soil.


If you want to grow Kalanchoe luciae “Flapjack” from cuttings, use a sterile knife or scissors. Remove a leaf from the main plant and allow it to callous for a few days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.


Small offsets will be produced by “Flapjack”. To remove the offsets from the main stem, use a sterile knife or scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for a couple of days before laying on the soil.


  1. Kalanchoe luciae (Flapjack, Paddle Plant) – Wikipedia

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