ka·​lan·​choe | \ ˌka-lən-ˈkō-ē How to pronounce kalanchoe (audio) also kə-ˈlaŋ-kə-(ˌ)wē or ˈka-lən-ˌchō \

Definition of kalanchoe

: any of a genus (Kalanchoe) of chiefly African tropical succulent herbs or shrubs of the orpine family often cultivated as ornamentals

called also bryophyllum

Examples of kalanchoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actually, ’tis the time of year to look for — and buy — kalanchoe. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Introducing kalanchoe, the perfect houseplant for November in the north," 21 Nov. 2019 Fortunately, kalanchoe can be forced into flowering. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Introducing kalanchoe, the perfect houseplant for November in the north," 21 Nov. 2019 Scientifically called kalanchoe tomatosa, they've also been known as chocolate soldiers and are an extremely popular houseplant. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Panda Plant is The Perfect Tiny Deskmate," 3 May 2019 Flowers like African violets, Phalaenopsis orchids, and kalanchoe do especially well indoors, but textured leaves might provide more consistent eye candy in between blooms. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018 Place your kalanchoe in a sunny window for best performance. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "So you bought holiday plants. Now what?," 29 Dec. 2017 The nursery grows more than 650 varieties including many different kinds of haworthia, kalanchoe, senecio, aeonium and sedum. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Share a garden gift that grows on you," 15 Dec. 2017 Make sure indoor poinsettias, holiday cactuses and kalanchoes receive no nighttime light. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "October gardening calendar," 30 Sep. 2017 The leaves of echeverria, sedum, crassula and kalanchoe take time to grow, but stem cuttings are faster. Leslie Crawford, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Propagating succulents? You can do it three ways," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of kalanchoe

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kalanchoe

New Latin

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“Kalanchoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kalanchoe. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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