by killiecrankie 22 Sep 2016

I was hoping someone can tell me the name of this succulent that we bought as a small plant years ago at a garage sale.People ask us the name of this plant all the time & we feel silly not knowing its name.

It is now about 2 metres tall & flowers in August ( winter here). The leaves are very large & velvety to touch & are 2mm thick.There is a another one of these in the backyard which is nearly twice as tall.
Photos 2 & 3 are close ups of the flowers which are small.
Photo 4 is a close up of a medium size leaf which is 17cm across the bottom & 17cm long.None of the leaves are flat & vary in shape & size.
Photo 5 shows the marks left on the stem after the leave dies & falls off.


by dennis999 23 Sep 2016

Perhaps we could form a sub forum and call it HorticulturallyCute. You 'down-under' people are very fortunate with your climate being able to grow such a diverse range of the plants that I would love to see in my garden. Some of your plants will grow here (with due care) and I am just awaiting a delivery of several Australian Tree Ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) need to thank me...................just trying to help out with your Meganne, get yourself back into gardening and we could form our own little chat room.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 24 Sep 2016

Once you have a tree fern ,the spores float around & if they land in a ideal spot they start to grow.Some pets can be allergic to the spores .Bird nests are the worst offends in our yard ,they are known as weeds.

by meganne 23 Sep 2016

Chris, beat me to it ! :-) Knew as soon as I looked at it.

Kalanchoe varieties are numerous and among my favourite plants, though I have none in my current garden, I have had many in the past, I love them.
For anyone interested, I have put a link (to images) below as Cute links doesn't accept http, with the 's' on the end.

Looking at these beauties makes me really want to get back into gardening again.
Hugs n roses, Meganne

meganne by meganne 23 Sep 2016

I forgot to add, one plant my first husband and I had was Kalanchoe Pinnata, or Miracle Leaf, Cathedral Plant or several other names, but my husband called it his 'Money Tree' and he swore it was the source of our steady income.
I REALLY MUST get another one! LOL!

pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2016

That would be really helpful. Our kids think we have a money tree in our backyard!!!! he he he! Love Chris

by Patricia109 23 Sep 2016

It is not like the Elephants Ears that I knew as a kid. But they weren't succulents and most likely from an English garden as that is what most people grew then.
Must be a tough plant what with you hanging the garden hose from it.
Me I prefer the bottle brush that his behind it.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 24 Sep 2016

Sorry it isn't a bottlebrush but a Grevillea Robusta or a silky oak. The one closest to the letterbox is a seedling of the other one.
The local council planted some along the footpaths but forgot to look up before they were planted ,so they ended up too close to the power lines ,so the electricity mob came around & butchered the offending trees.We had planted one before the council did theirs,but we made certain that there were no power lines before we bought the Grevillea.

by dennis999 22 Sep 2016

Due credit to that clever Chris Pennifold. It is indeed a Kalanchoe Beharensis commonly known as Elephants Ears Kalanchoe; Felt Bush; or Velvetleaf. It is one of a genus of some 125 species of succulent, native to Madagascar. The flowers are a favourite of the florist industry. The succulent is more often grown as a potted plant although can be grown outdoors where the climate suits, as is the case where you live. There is much written word available on this plant if you just Google Kalanchoe beharensis and want to know more to impress those enquiring minded passers-by.

dennis999 by dennis999 22 Sep 2016

Mrs. Pennifold deserves more than just the one flower but I am restricted to awarding just the

pennifold by pennifold 22 Sep 2016

You are too too kind Mr Dennis!

I've been to Judy's place down on the Central Coast and her garden is enormous. Her back yard has some amazing trees, plants and flowers and she and her husband really have green thumbs.

Me, on the other hand, have mostly flowers and of course they are mostly purple, blue, yellow and white, but this year I planted some Poppies and they have come out in Coral, orange, lemon and yellow! Once again thanks for the compliment! Love Chris

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you , after reading about it on the net , our climate is nearly the same, as well as, the latitude of Madagascar.
Chris you are lucky to be able to grow the annuals because having sandy soil means it you forget to water them daily ,they have a tendency to die .

by 02kar Moderator 22 Sep 2016

Take your pictures to a local plant nursery. I've done this with just a leaf and they were able to tell me the name of the plant, the care it needed and any other info I needed. Best wishes in finding out it's name. It obviously loves living with you

by dragonflyer 22 Sep 2016

Wow, never seen anything like is beautiful though!

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you

by cfidl 22 Sep 2016

It is a beautiful tree. I like the taller tree with the pink flowers also. Where are you? Are those really pink branches? It looks related to the yucca plant.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you but it isn't like any yucca the I have seen.Between Newcastle & Sydney

by pennifold 22 Sep 2016

Hi Judy, I think this might be a Kalanchoe Beharensis variety. I know there a few different types around. They have large leaves like Elephant's ears. Maybe have a Google search and see if your particular tree is amongst the types. Love Chris

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you Chris, once you have a name searching on the net is easy.A few weeks ago we were at a school fete,while finding our way back to where the car was parked ,we came a cross a smaller leaf variety of this plant ,so a small piece of it came home with us.
We have a plant called Elephants ears but it has a scented flower the shape similar to a Calla lily & it like plenty of water.

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

I forgot to add ,that I always thought the Kalanchoe group of succulents have smooth leaves

by Barbaric 22 Sep 2016

it is very beautiful, but I can't help you with the name

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you

by sandralane 22 Sep 2016

I can not help either, but it is a beautiful flower, is there any perfume at all. The trunk of the tree without leaves is very unusual and unique, i am sure some one will know this a very interesting tree. Sandra.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you

by crafter2243 Moderator 22 Sep 2016

Sorry I can not help. I have looked as much as I could on Google. It is most certainly a interesting plant and hopefully someone will be able to identify it.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 23 Sep 2016

Thank you.