Kalanchoe Species, Alligator Plant, Devil's Backbone, Mexican Hat Plant, Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe daigremontiana

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: daigremontiana (day-ee-gree-mon-tee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Bryophyllum daigremontianum
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Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:


Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

Plant is viviparous

From bulbils

Seed Collecting:

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Geneva, Alabama

Jones, Alabama

Chandler, Arizona

Glendale, Arizona

Goodyear, Arizona

Maricopa, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona

Canoga Park, California

Carlsbad, California

Castro Valley, California

Citrus Heights, California

Clayton, California

Clovis, California

Fontana, California

Fountain Valley, California

Hayward, California

Laguna Niguel, California

Long Beach, California(2 reports)

Manhattan Beach, California

Mission Viejo, California

Norwalk, California

Oak View, California

Palm Springs, California

Reseda, California

Riverside, California

Rowland Heights, California

Saint Helena, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Rosa, California

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Valley Center, California

Yorba Linda, California

Bartow, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida

Bradenton, Florida(2 reports)

Brooksville, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Eagle Lake, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida(2 reports)

Fountain, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Groveland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Leesburg, Florida

Lynn Haven, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Niceville, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Tampa, Florida(3 reports)

Venice, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Columbus, Georgia

Honomu, Hawaii

Denham Springs, Louisiana(2 reports)

Geismar, Louisiana

Hammond, Louisiana

Metairie, Louisiana

New Iberia, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Pineville, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Lewiston, Maine

Windsor, Maine

Baltimore, Maryland

Cumberland, Maryland

Bellaire, Michigan

Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi

Canton, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Middletown, New York

New York City, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

New Holland, Pennsylvania

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Conway, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Brazoria, Texas

Cibolo, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Dickinson, Texas(2 reports)

El Paso, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Houston, Texas(4 reports)

Kempner, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Paige, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

San Marcos, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

East Wenatchee, Washington

East Wenatchee Bench, Washington

Plymouth, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2018, BelindaClem from Big Stone Gap, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have no problems with this plant. I bring it in during the winter and take it outside after the last frost of the year. It does AMAZINGLY outside and it is in a hanging basket. This year it grew so much I had to give away plants locally. Next year my husband and a friend of ours has had the idea that I sell these. I just may give it a try. I absolutely love the plant and there is no issue of them being invasive. I have caught babies in other pot and I simply pull them out and put them back where they belong. If I miss one no big deal, even towards the beginning of winter because the frost will just kill them anyway!


On May 30, 2017, amabercrombie from Leesburg, FL wrote:

I love my mother of thousands plant. I originally found a little piece of the plant on the ground while looking for a rental home. I took it with me and planted it in a pot of soil for kicks to see what kind of plant it was. After such a short time, it grew and grew without much tlc, which was exactly what I wanted at the time. I have planted them in different pots ranging from tiny to huge. The huge pots made the plant grow and bloom to an amazing 6+ feet tall! The tiny pots kept them small in size. So now I see there is the ability to control the size but not the amount of babies it produces. The babies keep sprouting up and I keep spreading them into new pots and giving them as gifts instead of letting them fall to the ground and grow wildly. A lot of people seem to love them as they ar... read more


On Apr 10, 2017, lesterbz from Carleton Place, ON,
Canada wrote:

I planted 4 seeds and have quickly grown 4 lovely little plants but they are so flimsy they will not stand up. How to I strengthen the stalks?


On Jul 2, 2016, DarkBIT from Tehran,
Iran wrote:

I bought one of this plant about one month ago and now I have one big Kalanchoe with 4 vase of blooms.
I just wanna know is it really poisonous and is it dangerous to keep it in home?


On Jul 13, 2015, foxhead128 from New York, NY wrote:

This is a fantastic plant for beginners simply because of how easy it is, but some precautions have to be taken. I like it for its weird appearance and the fact that it's quite impossible to kill. That being said, I can understand why some people don't like it. It's quite poisonous, so you should keep it away from children and pets, though that issue is hardly unique to this species. More important is the invasive potential - nearly every part of this plant is tailor-made to produce offspring. My advice is to keep it indoors, well away from other plants, because it's quite brittle, and if the slightest piece of it lands in a neighboring pot, it will sprout there. Have fun getting rid of it when it does. It wants to take over everything, and even when it succeeds, it won't stop. You have be... read more


On Nov 8, 2014, Joeygo from New Port Richey, FL wrote:

If you like working in the yard, they are easy to contain and pull right up at the slightest tug. I'm in an area where they are the most aggressive and it's not that big of a deal.
I pull them up once every few months and just throw them in the grass so they get mowed over. NO BIGGIE.
I have kept 2 though, one is OVER 7 FEET TALL and the other is around 6 FEET. The trunk on one of mine is probably close to 2 inch diameter. THEY DO GET VERY TOP HEAVY AND WILL FALL IN WITH A STRONG WIND AND CRUSH ANY PLANT UNDERNEATH.
mine have never bloomed


On Sep 7, 2013, Phellos from Port Vincent, LA wrote:

This plant looks incredibly exotic. It can tolerate moisture levels from that of regular garden soil to that of a pile of rocks. It does not, however, tolerate standing water or mud (which is fortunate in my case). I put one of these in my rock garden. I had no idea how HUGE it would get, or how fast it would spread. It coats my rock garden in little red sprouts every year. The good news is that they are easy to pull out and can easily be replanted elsewhere. They don't spread past the rock garden on their own due to the thick bahia grass overtaking my yard (a grass that I really don't like).

The winter here usually kills small sprouts, but larger plants are generally untouched, other than occasional leaf burn. These plants are hardy, and any spot that is too hot or ... read more


On Aug 13, 2013, mfreemond from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I love this plant and have several varieties. Recently mine started turning yellow and curling up. I moved it into the shade because it seemed to be burning but I also slowed down my watering schedule. I tend to over-water. How much water does this thing really want? Why did it turn yellow? Too much water or too much sun?


On Feb 5, 2013, Apostle3 from Kitchener,
Canada wrote:

It's not invasive in my climate, here in Canada. As for those who are trying to get rid of it: I discovered by accident Calcium gluconate, seems to be very toxic to it. I collected some left over nutrients from the pharmacy I work for, mostly interested in the KPO4, but there was a little bit of calcium left, so I thought I'd precipitate out some Cal Phos.
Curiosity got the best of me, so I "tested" straight Cal Gluc (just a few mL) on each of my indoor over winter, window plants. Everyone seemed to be either indifferent, or a bit unimpressed, but the MOT wilted by the next morning.


On Dec 17, 2012, Romino from Sinabelkirchen,
Austria wrote:

For years I have been searching on internet to find the name of this flower. I've been suffering from sinusitis for couples of years and an old woman gave this flowers, actually, she gave me just four plantlets that grows at the edge of the flower. These plantlets I had to put into my nose so that the mucus could flow. This plant was so effective but I didn't have enough because in Europe (Austria) the weather it's not propitious for it. Well, after years I had enough of it and I made a tincture (I didn't know that is toxic). This tincture I did spray it into my nose. At that time one of my sinus was cured forever and...the right one it didn't let be cured. Why? Something hard was trying to come out from my nose but it stopped and I didn't have tincture anymore to continue spraying into my... read more


On Apr 30, 2012, Mydnight from Bradenton, FL wrote:

This is an awful little plant!! I just moved into a home where this ugly thing has been the resident plant in the yard and garden and it has not been a pleasant experience. I immediately ripped up every single one I could see in the garden, but every time I turn my head I spot more and more. Some of the new ones are so tiny they are hard to see (except for the fact that they are clustered together). It's been a bit over a week and I'm still seeing them and still ripping them up. The first day weeding, I filled an entire trash bin in about 5 minutes! And I just filled up another bin to the top when clearing out another area in the yard - this plant is truly an invasive nightmare! I thought it was two different types of weeds that I've been pulling up this whole time, but I found out that th... read more


On Feb 3, 2012, adam1983tt from Eagle Lake, FL wrote:

A clipping of this plant was given to me by a neighbor about two years ago. I was attracted to its height, its bright red teardrop flowers and its unique ability to be "trained." I was able to make it grow into a spiral by replacing an adjustable table over it every couple of days. A very handsome plant. However, IT IS VERY INVASIVE!! In only a few days, it had spread hundreds, maybe thousands of tiny sprouts across my side yard, completely taking over the area. It took many hours, over a few weeks, of pulling each and every one of those sprouts up to clear the ground of the invasion. I still want to possibly grow one or two in a planter for a decorative accent on my porch, but I am so afraid of it spreading again. I am not positive of this, but I would assume because of its invasive natur... read more


On Sep 23, 2011, Annie_7 from North York, PA wrote:

My father bought one of these for me at an auction many years ago. It never got any babies. But it died. I was so upset. I loved that plant. But the leaves on it were skinny and small. I recently got one from a woman at a market. The leaves are large and it is so full of babies. I am so anxious to get new plants. However, the leaves are beginning to look a little yellow. I have it planted in cactus soil with a stone on the bottom of the pot and sitting under a table lamp. Am I doing something wrong. I only water it lightly once a month.


On Aug 11, 2011, adry_ral from brasov,
Romania wrote:

I use this plant as a medicine for skin wounds, callosities, etc. It takes everything out. It's absolutely wonderful!


On Jul 1, 2011, nel5397 from Groveland, FL wrote:

this plant is highly invasive. the only thing that gets rid of it is a herbicide that contains 2,4D or a very prolonged freeze.


On Oct 31, 2010, sambadelicmail from Easthampton, MA wrote:

I just bought a potted plant that fits the description of this one, but mine has long, bare stem sections in between folded leaves that almost look like a Venus Fly Trap. I've never seen a plant like this anywhere in my area (Western Massachusetts) the person I got it from only knew the name - so I've found my way here. The babies grow out of the serrated edges of the leaves on mine, not the plant's stem. The one I have is about 3 feet tall and seems almost too fragile to stand itself up. Does anyone know if I can prune it back and encourage it to branch into a more bushy shape? One comment above said a plant had been broken off and it split, so I'm wondering if anyone has experience with the type I describe. Also - I have read that this plant is poisonous to livestock - but is it als... read more


On Apr 25, 2010, nekochanninja from Oldsmar, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

where i live in central florida, invasive is an understatement. when i moved into my house over six years ago there was a ton of this guy in my yard... and he's still there. no matter how hard i try, i just can't seem to get rid if it. if you miss just one tiny bulblett, which fall off oh so easy when touched, will just start the cycle again in a few weeks. needless to say, if anyone wants any, let me know! :-)


On Apr 5, 2010, stanglx from Plymouth, WI wrote:

Hey have question I've had this plant since Nov. 09 and its now April 10. the thing that I'm worried about is that its only grown to about an inch in that time. i got this plant off its mother plant. When i took it off it was about 3mm across. Is this normal? Another question is it has grown a root like thing growing over one of the bottom leaves. It is also leaning to one side. is this a problem.


On Feb 3, 2010, ejennings from San Angelo, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought this plant for $1.00 at a farmer's market in October 2009. As of Feb. 2010, it has grown almost 8". I have it inside. It's such a funny looking plant that it's neat. I like it b/c it makes me feel like I have a green thumb:)


On Dec 10, 2009, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

Interesting plant and very attractive, but very invasive in some areas.


On Mar 2, 2009, mka7777 from Laguna Niguel, CA wrote:

This has to be one of the weirdest plants I have ever encountered. A friend of ours gave us a baby one in Florida almost 9 years ago, and it is still thriving. We moved to Southern, CA and at one point I lost count of how many we actually had. My mother in law says it is very ugly, EXCEPT for the flowers. The one we have right now, a little girl broke it off and at the broken sport, it shot up 2 stalks in it's place. It is now well over 6 feet tall, and has new growth coming in along with more flowers. Due to it's height, we have it tied to our swing here on the porch. It IS very evasive, and the babies have tried to take over the pots of others, but we finally eradicated them, so it is now contained.
The babies are VERY healthy and the sprout really easily, so you hve to watch ... read more


On Nov 7, 2008, wandygirl from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Kalanchoe daigremontiana is not hardy in my area so I don't have to worry about it taking over outdoor areas where it is not wanted. The indoor or potted garden is another story. Those babies are tenacious little buggers. I've learned to zip the plantlets off the leaves before they have a chance to get lange enough to fall off on their own. The ones that manage to root are easy enough to pull up. This plant is great for making living wreaths. A good size living wreath requires A LOT of cuttings. This plant is a virtual cutting factory.


On Jun 8, 2008, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have this plant. I love it alot. I've had neighbors steal the babies out of my yard!! Its a great plant for where I live do to the droughts during the summer. Also in the summer there are usually water restrictions. Makes watering alot easier. The only thing I don't like ... is that none of mine have ever flowered. I have one that is 3 1/2 foot tall and several years old. No flowers yet :(


On Dec 29, 2007, dwheeler from Baltimore, MD wrote:

Seeing these postings brings back fond memories. My college botany professor brought some "leaflets" in to share with the class. I wrapped a few in a damp paper towel, put it in my coat pocket and forgot about it--for a week. I was terribly dissapointed when I found them, all dried up, hard and shrivelly, but I said a prayer and put them in a pot of dirt. Those amazing little things started growing!

I had a very tall mother plant for years and must have thrown away MILLIONS of babies. I loved that plant because it was so very forgiving (I forgot to water it more often than I remembered). I can understand how it could be quite obnoxious in the outdoors--the babies I threw away are probably taking over a land-fill somewhere! But I will always have a soft spot in my hear... read more


On Oct 18, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

In the bay area, a mild mannered plant. Colorful flowers. Mine went through the 07 freeze just fine. That's the S.F. bay area-not warm enough to let any tropical plant get out of hand,just warm enough to grow them...


On Oct 18, 2007, bhaugh from Norfolk, VA wrote:

makes a great indoor plant. not sure if it would survive outside in south east Virginia. had one years ago, got lost in the move, looking for more!!!


On Sep 21, 2007, Seacow from Harbin,
China wrote:

I've had this plant on various occasions, from Miami to Texas. But I've opted not to grow this plant as when it gets old it becomes very unsightly and looms over. It's name definitely suites it, for it will quickly fill up the pots of plants around it with it's own offspring. To me it's more of a large weed than a plant. However this is an easy plant to grow and is quite hardy, although not to cold temperatures. This wouldn't be a bad choice for first timers, it endures a lot.


On Jul 19, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

I have had this plant for over 20 years -- but, have always kept it in a pot...so, it has not invaded other territories or created some of the negativity mentioned. My mother brought some of the 'children' home in a wet towel from Washington state were my brother was living and we 'planted' them in California. It has been an extremely sturdy plant...surviving droughts and freezes with no problem. Guess you just have to keep this one contained and you're ok. (My brother's family called this plant a 'piggy-back' plant.)


On Apr 19, 2007, ManicReality from Houston, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

These plants are interesting little boogars. I first noticed them at my fathers house, growing out of the concrete. We were mind boggled that a plant could grow out of concrete in Houston in the summer (mostly in late 90's and early 100's F) without any water. Then we saw more and more of them, I was worried they'd take over, his thoughts were so what, they are pretty and you don't have to water them at all or for that matter give them any dirt. So I brought one home, it seems to be ok, it has had only one baby in 6 months. His however, have taken over a 6x6 space (on concrete no less) and have the prettiest little red bell shaped flowers and leopard print spots. *I put mine in the shade by my boggy plants .... knowing its a succulant and its in the water, i'm hoping it's less likely to ge... read more


On Aug 6, 2006, sugarweed from Taylor Creek, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

The best thing about the freeze of 2002 that burst my pipes on the back porch is that it killed this plant. It had taken over 3 gardens in this neighborhood. It is a thug!
It was worth the $100 Plumbers bill just to be rid of that beast.
Seeing a thread about it reminded me IT WAS GONE!


On Mar 22, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Having recently learned the botanical term for this unique plant, I can't help but to love it.

Given as a small plant in a Dixie cup, I kept it in the greenhouse not knowing what it would do. I began actually paying attention to it, watering it, giving it decent soil instead of dirt and was soon rewarded with a tall and very healthy albeit strange thing growing
in a pot.

Perhaps well known to others but newfound to me, a simple snapping off of a leaf placed in the soil will soon create another plant. And another. And another. A fun conversation piece which makes a good choice for a new gardener with brown thumbs.

Don't want babies? Pluck them out and toss them into the trash. Or share. :-)


On Nov 27, 2005, frogbuttefly from East Wenatchee, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

An interesting plant to say the least. I've had them up to 4 ft tall before they got top heavy. They seem to grow stronger outdoors in the shade and yes the "babies" will invade where ever soil is to be found in which case one treats it like a weed and pull it out of its unwanted location. Its one of those fun, see what I have, plants where either you like it or hate it.


On Apr 24, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

There are hundreds of these plants growing in my backyard...I found them when I moved here. I had no idea what they were until I researched farther. They are very invasive in Central and Southern Florida. I dug up one and took it inside and this might be a gentler method rather than wiping out all the outdoor ones. They are very beautiful and at first I thought it was some type of aloe.


On Apr 6, 2005, gemini0620 from Pflugerville, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

i have two varieties of this succulent,we call it mother of millions,but still the same plant.very prolific,buetiful blooms.


On Apr 4, 2005, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

Our local post office here in Old Town, Florida, in Northcentral Florida, USDA zone 8b, was renovating their plantings around the building and ripping out several square yards of this plant, so I asked if I could take a few of the plants that they were discarding, and they said yes. At the post office it had a very sunny Western exposure, against a dark brick wall, and flourished there--probably too well, as they were ripping it out!

Here under shady ancient oak trees, on our six acres of virgin woods, the plants have lived and propagaged for about three years, but have never flowered, and have been frozen back every year, with just a few plants surviving each Spring. Each Summer some of the plants get to about four feet tall and flop over, but are still attractive, and th... read more


On Jan 11, 2005, Herbynoel from Brisbane,
Australia wrote:

This plant is an extreemly invasive species.
I know I live in Australia and not in the US, and climatic conditions can inhibit certain weed species,but be VERY careful in placement of this plant.
In this country the "Mother of millions" as we know it has displaced many native species of grasses and ground cover leading to many native animals being starved of their natural food sources and living enviroments.
It is also highly toxic to grazing animals, and is virtualy impossible to remove once found in a paddock (or meadow).
Each tiny particle will develope into another parent plant.
Sounds like a "triffid" in some ways dosn't it?
The Dept of Primary Industries in this country has been trying to eradicate it for the last twenty yea... read more


On Jan 10, 2005, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

We love this plant. It is in full bloom right now with light pink and lavender flowers. With winter coming on I moved it into my bedroom directly in my north-west picture window.
She loves it there and her blooms have lasted for well over a week- with no signs of drooping/dropping off.

When in the garden I have M.O.M planted in pretty rich soil and frequent waterings. We have well drained soil, so no rot thus far.

Be warned it can be invasive so you probably should'nt have it planted directly in the ground- unless you keep a close watch on it. The babies do literally "pop" off the mother plant when brushed. This is an amazing plant that kids might enjoy growing for a science project.
All in all- definately worth growing at least once.


On Sep 27, 2004, hoosierfarmboy from Franklinton, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am an Instructor of Horticulture at Oakland City University, Branchville campus, Tell City, Indiana. This plant grows in our greenhouse (we are in Zone 6) and blooms in February; that is, during the photoperiod of shortening hours of darkness (the greenhouse lights are turned off from sunset to 9:30 am, EST).


On Sep 23, 2004, joe111999 from Birmingham,
United Kingdom wrote:

From Birmingham England

I purcased 20 plantlets off ebay a few mounths ago and now have hundreds of them ,the plants are very nice and im glad to hear that they flower eventually.


On Jul 25, 2004, Scarlete from Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Far too invasive. Babies pop off and will grow just about anywhere. If you have potted plants nearby, they'll pop off and grow in there. It's very easy to grow, and interesting to look at, but it was also hard to get rid of.


On Jul 21, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington,
United Kingdom wrote:

A very interestnig plant but can be invasive and awkward. Not an ideal houseplant, it needs staking and takes a while to flower. The little plantlets formed on the edges of the leaves get everywhere, and often end up rooting in other plant pots!


On Apr 24, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I like the plant even though it is very invasive in our area. It can propagate from just one leaf left on the ground. I too remember it as growing and living pinned to a curtain at someone's house when I was a child living in Cuba. I was amazed as I had never seen a plant do that. The spike blooms are like little bells on a stem.


On Mar 19, 2004, sloanpro from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I love this plant. I was given babies last spring and I planted them outside in Philadelphia on a rooftop deck using regular potting soil. Watered them regularly and within a few months I had 30 healthy plants of various sizes. Two plants matured and produced flowers at a height of 5 feet.


On Mar 18, 2004, rob_rob wrote:

I just got this plant, i think it's quite beautiful...

I've had it about two weeks, its been in the brightest spot I've got (but with no direct light, as its heading into winter, and there's nowhere in the house that gets much direct light.)


On Feb 28, 2004, hope43 from Tulsa, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

i got this plant yrs. ago from sister in law in Georgia they call it pregnant plant.. mine grew to about 4ft. and bloomed white!! told her she had them for yrs. never saw one bloom.. i lost it after that... now i have some startingagain.. in texas by the border they are blooming red in yards now in laredo ,so beautiful unique looking..


On Dec 22, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
This is one of the plants that brings back wonderful memories of my childhood. I can remember a Great Aunt that always had one leaf pinned to her kitchen window curtain. I was amazed that it would be there, with no water, and then from the tips of the leaf edges would emerge the "babies". Honestly can say it never became a nuisence at her house. She was the incentive for me being facinated my whole life with horticulture. This was in Northern California over 40 years ago. Great plant to get kids interested in the wonderful world of plants all around the world. Who knows where it might lead them.


On Dec 21, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

You actually don't need babies on the leaves to propogate this plant. Just take off an adult leaf and set it on potting soil in a protected warm place and WA-LA! New plant! This thing is so invasive I have not been able to get it out of my plants and it's been years since I introduced one (a single leaf set in soil like I just said) into my greenhouse. Now they pop up in nearly every potted plant even though I don't have a greenhouse anymore. Every ounce of plant has to be removed- stems, leaves, babies etc. or you will own one of these (or thousands) forever. It reproduces like mad, from offsets, any part of stem, root or leaf that touches the soil, seeds... but most interesting and unique is its ability to make thousands of bulbils, or little plantlets off each leaf AND/OR off spent... read more


On Dec 21, 2003, moki123 from Sanford, FL wrote:

I have a number of these plants now growing in my yard. When they bloom they have the pink-purple flowers.We live in the Central Flordia area and have had them growing wild in our yard for years and have enjoyed them and they have done well.

This plant prefers alot of sun to bloom and tolerates temperatures of 90 degrees. This a tropical plant and does well with little or no watering.


On Jun 4, 2003, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

My plant was blooming last winter when temperatures dipped into the teens. It was on an enclosed porch with no heat but hopefully some of the "babies" survived.

The blooms are beautiful to behold and worth the growing if only just for fun!


On Jun 3, 2003, princessfiona76 wrote:

I also remember having this plant when I was a kid. I love them, and I remember I liked to ckeck and see how many babies there were growing beneath the 'mum'.


On Apr 2, 2003, vcomar wrote:

I love this plant. I bought one last spring and by the end of summer had over thirty plants. I currently have only one, but hope with summer coming will have a lot more.


On Mar 18, 2003, snapper122502 from ocean springs, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have been growing the Mother of Millions (aka "Mother of Thousands") for several years now and have mixed feelings about them.

I started with one plant and now have hundreds - very invasive but the plant makes up for that in the flowers that bloom here in southern Mississippi (U.S.) from December thru March.

I treat them as I would a succulent, and fertilize lightly once a month; my adults have reached a height of 4 to 5 feet. Rapid growers, they multiply like crazy and NEED to be separated from your other house plants.

Beautiful bell-shaped, pinkish-red blossoms are the crowning glory to this strangely loathed and loved plant. As the blooms die off, the plant does tend to fall over but will root easily. It's nice to experience this plant a... read more


On Feb 14, 2003, bsbaldwin2002 wrote:

I received this plant from my mother in June 2002; she called it a "pregnant plant." I did some research, and found it here at the Plants Database.

when I got mine, it was only about one foot tall; it has bloomed twice and is now it nearly 5 feet tall. I have given three cuttings from it to my friends, and I have "babies" started in almost all my other plants!


On Feb 5, 2003, alexx wrote:

I love this plant! It has no flowers because it reproduces asexually by budding new plats at the points of its serrated leaves. The Leaves are green and waxy and the underside of most mature leaves have a tiger-ish pattern.

I have never been able to overwater this plant, and if it is in poor soil it will just grow slower. It likes warmth (Mediterranean summer) and for the soil to be just damp to the touch.

I have kept these for over twelve years, and have them at home and in the office.

The slugs in my garden love them ;-( so I keep them in pots inside. While at University I ran experiments on them for ranges of soil fertility and watering levels. This only seemed to change the rate of growth, (they seemed happy with hydroponics environments.)... read more


On Feb 4, 2003, ADKSpirit from Elkton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

It's the first week in February, after a hard cold snap here in northern Florida. The temps sank to below 18 degrees. What a surprise to find my Mother of Thousands survived the cold even though it was left unblanketed, only to have lost a couple of hardier plants. Even more surprising, the plant is just about ready to bloom with many little almost salmon pink, tube-like flowers at the top of the almost foot and a half tall stalk. Will try to get a picture when it fully blooms.


On Jan 2, 2003, Jorgesevilla wrote:

I love this plant, I have already ten plants, and 4 are now beginning to bloom, here in Seville, Spain. Maybe the warn December we got (only two days below 5C) is a reason for that.. It is true that this plant is very invasive but at the same time is a beautiful one.


On Dec 21, 2002, Chopsticks wrote:

This plant is very beautiful. During the summer months the plants propagates by budding, making it very invasive. However, it can be control very easily. "Mother of Thousands" does not cause damage to other plants near them. They are very easy to take care of during the warm months of the year. In the fall they should be taken inside.

It is important to supply plenty of supplemental light; they do not do well unless they have proper lighting. A simple fluorescent light with a wide light spectrum will do. They require at least 10 hours of light per day to do well.


On Oct 16, 2002, ohmysweetpjs from Brookeville, MD wrote:

I love plants and I feel bad saying this, but this plant is very invasive and not very attractive, in my opinion.


On Jul 15, 2002, Dikie1 wrote:

I have several (at the moment!) growing indoors, and they seem adaptable to most conditions. Will take various amounts of watering, from none for a week or two to plenty dampness.

I have read that they take about two years to mature and flower,and plant dies after blooming. However one of mine reached 80cm, flowered and then did not die, but appeared to become top heavy and lean over till the very top was ground level. On providing the top with a pot of soil it rooted easily. Now I've got an arched plant, rooted at both ends and growing from everywhere! The plant originates in Mount Androhibolava, southwestern Madagascar.