There are about 150 species of Kalanchoe. They are succulents, with most coming from Madagascar or tropical Africa, but a few come from Asia. They comes in a range of sizes from a few inches to tree-like structures. A characteristic of Kalanchoes, that separates them from other members of the Crassulaceae, is that they have flowers with 4 petals instead of 5.
The name comes from the Chinese “Kalan Chauhuy,” which means – that which falls and grows. This speaks to how easy they are to propagate and many of them develop tiny plantlets along the leaf edges.
Name Derivation: From the Chinese name for one of the species
Kalanchoe is in the family Crassulaceae.