Kalanchoe, white

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 18 January 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

In my kitchen is this white flowering Kalanchoe, purchased by my husband to cheer me up after I came down with yet another virus. Discovered by French naturalist, Michel Adanson, in 1763, Kalanchoe is an Old World tropical succulent (jade family, Crassulaceae) with fleshy leaves that have scalloped edges. The flowers are small and delicate looking, and of various colors including white, and last six to eight weeks. Pronouncing its name correctly becomes a parlor game of sorts, if not an outright argument, and much is written on the Internet about that. Consulting a botanist would be the ideal if you care strongly about correctness. I do, but the local botanist is probably asleep right now in a nearby town. I hope this plant lasts longer than my recent cyclamen, which to my surprise did not like living---or did not like living here. Kalanchoe, by the way, is listed as toxic to animals so keep it away from your pets.

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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Wonderful dreamy soft focus and color palette.
Get well soon!

18 Jan 2012 8:48am

@Arnd: Thank you, Arnd! I am trying...I must have gone through the basic viruses of the year by this time. :) Thanks for your lovely comment!

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Very nice, Karla. Certainly brightens a dreary winter day!

18 Jan 2012 11:26am

@Larry Lefever: Larry, Thank you! I am enjoying all your images, as well, especially the light painting.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely and fresh!

18 Jan 2012 3:00pm

@Barbara Kile: Thanks, Barbara! I'm going to post more flowers at this point, I think.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Beautiful flowers and a lovely, dreamy shot!

18 Jan 2012 4:04pm

@Marleen: Thank you, Marleen!

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

Soft and delicate.

18 Jan 2012 6:04pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful and soft in green and white. Nice!

18 Jan 2012 7:55pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara! Glad you like this. I was trying the extension tubes on the micro 105. Must try more of those.

franz from Baden, Austria

very attractive compo and frame and processing! love the high key effect!
and i love these flowers, too (though we have mostly the red variety!

18 Jan 2012 10:04pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz. We also have the reds. They are brilliant. The higher key feels awfully good for a change. :)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb bokeh

19 Jan 2012 12:44am

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack!

Akbar&Armaghan from gorgan, Iran

beautiful photo

19 Jan 2012 1:25pm

@Akbar&Armaghan: Thank you! I just looked through all your images...you have many very nice images and all give us a look at the lovely landscapes of your home. :)

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

Wonderful and soft photo Karla!! I get happy looking at this ;-)

19 Jan 2012 6:11pm

@Richard Geven: Did the same for me, Richard! It's an amazing mood improver. Thanks for commenting and visiting. :)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

We had jade plants all over (I love them) in our yard in San Diego..we lived there for 20 years. My wife got tired of seeing all the Jade but I kept putting morwe "sprigs" in the gound. I LOVED the little flowers that they would sprout. This is beautiful, Karla ;-)

20 Jan 2012 6:51pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Magnifiques couleurs et très belle composition ... compliments pour cette charmante photo

23 Jan 2012 10:34pm