Kalanchoe Flapjack, commonly known as paddle plant, flapjacks, dog tongue, or desert cabbage, is a drought-tolerant, white-frosted succulent of the stonecrop family that typically grows to 24-30” tall (basal rosette to 18” and flower spike to 30”). Plants are native to South Africa, primarily in dry, exposed, rocky areas. Plants grow much shorter (to 10” tall) when planted in containers. Each plant features a basal rosette of large, fleshy, wedge-shaped or paddle-shaped, stalkless, obovate, gray-green leaves (to 6” long) which are covered with a white powdery bloom. Rosette leaves are stacked like pancakes (hence the common name of flapjacks), with leaf edges extended upward in order to minimize sun exposure to the leaf surfaces. With sufficient sun exposure, however, the exposed leaf margins turn a showy red. Fragrant yellow flowers with reflexed petals bloom in spring in dense, cylindrical, spike-like clusters on tall leafy flower stalks which rise up from the rosette center in the year when the plant reaches maturity.
Planting & Caring –
Easily grown in well-drained, sandy soils in full sun. Plants tolerate some part shade at the heat of the day, but the best red leaf margins occur in full sun locations. Plants thrive in heat and humidity but are intolerant of frost. Plants have excellent drought tolerance. Apply water when soils dry but avoid overwatering. Water more sparingly in winter (particularly for indoor plants) to discourage the possible onset of root rot.