Kalanchoe thyrsiflora

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora


Common Names

Geelplakkie, Meelplakkie, Plakkie, Voëlbrandewyn (afrikaans)
Northern white lady, Flapjack plant, Flipping pancakes (english)


Genus Kalanchoe
Species thyrsiflora
SA Plant Number
Basionym Kalanchoe thyrsiflora


Kalanchoe thyrsiflora is a hardy, succulent perennial has the most beautiful, large, oval to round, plate-like, greyish-cream leaves that are edged in red.

The leaves are carried in an upright rosette and are coated with white powder. This coating helps to keep the plant cool by deflecting the suns rays, therefore also its heat.

It takes at least 2 years for the tall, silver flowering stem to appear and the leaves get smaller as they ascend this stem.

The tubular flowers are greenish-yellow and carried in a dense inflorescence from February to June and persist on the plant.

The flowers will attract many pollinating insects to the garden. After it has seeded the plant will wither and die, but it does seed itself liberally.

Makes a beautiful container plant or element of a rockery.

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or at least 4 hours a day sun.

Size: 60cm


Pollinating Insects:

The flowers attract many pollinating insects to the garden.



Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Free StateNatural Habitat:

Bushveld, rocky outcrops in grassland and exposed hillsides.


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