Kalanchoe pumila: How to Grow and Care for Flower Dust Plant

Kalanchoe pumila Flower Dust Plant

Scientific name: Kalanchoe pumila

Common name: Flower Dust Plant

The flower Dust Plant is a silver plant. Its leaves are covered in white hairs that give it a dusty look. Occasionally blooms with small pink flowers.

Quick Look at Kalanchoe pumila

  • 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 pumila “Flower Dust Plant”

The flower dust plant is a great addition to hanging baskets. As it grows, it becomes a small shrub. It is native to Africa.


The flower dust plant has typical watering needs. 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 the flower dust plant 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 pumila “Flower Dust Plant”

Stem and leaves can be used for propagation of the Kalanchoe pumila “Flower Dust Plant”.


A sterile knife or pair of scissors is needed to grow the flower dust plant. 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 the flower dust plant 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.


  1. Kalanchoe pumila (Flower Dust Plant) – Wikipedia

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