Kalanchloe belhariensis

Elephant Ears

When I brought in the tender plants, the Elephant Ears, Kalanchloe behariensis surprised me. I bought it as a tiny thing several years ago. It had been sharing a pot with several other things that had begun to straggle. When I cut back its scruffy pot mates and took off the few lower leaves that were less than happy…Voila!

Elephant Ears up close

The texture of the huge leaves reminds me of a mohair couch my gram had years ago. It’s impossible to pass by it without caressing them. I hope they can stand up to all this love. I wish I had the photographic skill of some of you so you could see how remarkable this plant truly is. I think it deserves a name…any ideas?

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18 Responses to “Kalanchloe belhariensis”

  1. Shirley Says:

    Love those leaves! That’s one I don’t have (yet).


  2. Scott Weber Says:

    I’m one of those people too…I can’t resist touching plants like that :-)

  3. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    I love that plant Ricki, and I too would have to touch it. Perhaps a name that somehow incorporates a V (as in the shape of the leaves and the fact that it reminds me of old velvet or velour)…

  4. ricki Says:

    Shirley~Good suggestion.

    Scott~Do you ever wear them out?

    Loree~Lovely is a word I would never expect to cross R’s lips, but when he said loVely with a capital V, it kinda fit. You come up with the greatest names for your plants (Clifford).

  5. Loree /danger garden Says:

    Yes! LoVely is just perfect. And sadly I can take no credit for Clifford, that one was all Andrew’s…

  6. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    I don’t know this Kalanchloe. Its leaves are pretty cool- fuzzy, pettable leaves.

  7. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    This is a new one to me (no surprise!) but I’m attracted to anything with fuzz. That texture reminds me of the leaves of Fremontodenron.

  8. ricki Says:

    Loree~That Andrew…he’s a keeper for sure.

    Janet~They (whoever They are) seem to keep coming up with new ones all the time.

    Jane~Do you think we can live long enough to see them all?

  9. Pam/Digging Says:

    I quite like those meaty, ruffled leaves. Like the others, I wish I could feel the texture of those leaves.

  10. ricki Says:

    Pam~It’s less soft than lambs’ ears, a little bit prickly. Like I said, the closest I can come to an example is low-pile mohair upholstery material.

  11. James Says:

    This is such a terrific plant! Yours look quite happy there in the sunny window. It’s definitely got a warm thing going on compared to mine, which is about to head into the frigid depths of winter outdoors.

  12. Peter Says:

    Add me to the list of people who love touching this plant. A little heavy petting shouldn’t bother it one bit.

  13. ricki Says:

    James~But “frigid depths of winter” San Diego style…about the same as our sunny window.

    Peter~I always have had a soft spot for loose women.

  14. Grace Says:

    How about “Moe”?

  15. ricki Says:

    Grace~I had a son-in-law named Mo, whom I adored…wonder how he would feel about this as a namesake.

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