Copper Spoons, Shoe Leather Kalanchoe, Cinnamon Bear
Kalanchoe orgyalis Baker is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Copper Spoons. It was named and described by John Gilbert Baker in Journal of Botany in 1882.
Kalanchoe Adans. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the genus. It was described by Michel Adanson in Familles des Plantes in 1763. Plants of the World Online currently lists 113 accepted species of Kalanchoe (as of 6-15-18).
I found several Kalanchoe orgyalis at Masts’ Greenhouse while plant shopping with my sister and brother-in-law on June 7, 2018. There are many species of Kalanchoe and I am always glad when I find a new one I have never seen before. I looked the plants over and found one to bring home.
Several Kalanchoe species have fuzzy leaves, but this one really caught my eye. The leaves are fairly small and kind of the color of cardboard.
Origin: Native to Madagascar
Zones: USDA Zones 9b-11 (25 to 40° F)
Size: To 24”
Light: Sun to part shade
*Soil: Well-drained. Potting soil amended with pumice or grit and perlite.
Water: Average during the ground season, barely during the winter.
Flowers: Produces yellow flowers from late winter to early spring.
*I used 2 parts of a good potting soil, such as Miracle Grow or Schultz, with 1 part chicken grit and 1 part perlite for many years. I started using about 50/50 potting soil and pumice in the fall of 2018. I ordered the pumice online from General Pumice.
Kalanchoe orgyalis is a slow-growing, small, multi-branched succulent shrub that can reach up to 6’ or more in the wild but are usually smaller. The awesome leaves fold upward from the middle and the upper surface is covered with fine brownish colored hair that kind of feels like felt. The underside of the leaves are bronze to grey, and with age, the surface will turn the same color.
The Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms) website says, “Kalanchoe orgyalis is slow growing, but eventually becomes a stately plant. It is noted for its bronze-colored, fine sandpaper-like pubescence covering the leaves. In time, the lower leaves fade to silver, creating a nice contrast with the new coppery leaves.”
I moved the plant tables and most of the potted plants to the front porch on July 4 because of the Japanese Beetle invasion. They changed the light to partly shady area to mostly sunny. That was to much sun for many of the plants. Now, they are happy on the front porch.
I am running out of words…
Now it has two new side branches…
I moved the plants into the house for the winter on October 10. We are all anxiously waiting for spring already.
Finally, the evening temps warmed up enough to put the potted plants back outside on the porches. The Kalanchoe orgyalis had no problems over the winter in a south-facing window in a cool bedroom.
You must admit this is a beautiful plant…
I just keep taking photos even though the plant looks the same as before.
It continues to grow taller…
I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 11 because an “F was in the forecast. I always take the plant’s photos as I move them inside and measure the cactus and some of the succulents. The Kalanchoe orgyalis measured 18 1/2″ tall x 10″ wide.
I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 15 (2020) because an “F” was in the forecast. As always, I took photos and measurements and the Kalanchoe orgyalis measured 25″ tall. That’s 6 1/2″ taller than it was last October when I moved the plants inside.
I really enjoy this Kalanchoe as a companion and it has done very well.
I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by. There isn’t much online about this species yet but hopefully, someday there will be more.
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