Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, a succulent, belongs to the Crassulaceae family. There are hundreds of Kalanchoe species in many textures, sizes, shapes and colors; in fact some, Kalanchoe tomentosa pops to mind, doesn't even look like a Kalanchoe in my opinion. But let me not stray from the featured flower; Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is a commonly cultivated succulent houseplant although it can be grown outside, potted or in ground depending on your environment. The plant has dark green scalloped leaves with clusters of bright flowers; add a touch of sun exposure and the leaves will turn paler green and red rimmed. They are especially popular during the holidays when you can find them practically everywhere in festive colors of red, white, pink, yellow and orange. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana requires shelter from winter cold/frost and extreme summer heat; should these conditions result in damage to plant foliage, merely trim off damage and you'll be rewarded with lovely new growth. Prone to root rot, take care to not over-water; let soil dry between watering. They do quite well actually in drought tolerant gardens. The plant propagates easily from cuttings either rooted in water or planted directly in ground. In fact I've found they even root where they fall; I had to chuckle the other day when I spotted a broken branch laying on the patio with new roots emerging at its end and blooming.
I was feeling the flow of creative juices when I viewed the original picture and hope my representation conveys feelings of new beginnings and hope that is Spring.
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