- San Diego Zoo
Velvet Elephant Ear Kalanchoe beharensis
FAMILY: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop, or Orpine Family)
The Kalanchoe genus of plants has about 150 species, mostly from Madagascar and tropical Africa, with a few from Asia. The velvet elephant ear is the common name for the plant in tree form and the Kalanchoe genus is also found in shrub and groundcover form. One of the few unusual methods of propagation is by using leaf cuttings: the mature leaf is placed upside down and partially buried in a sandy soil mix. It will start new plantlets in about four months.