Scientific name - Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poellnitz
Popular names - Christmas Kalanchoe, Flaming Katie.
Distribution and Habitat - originally from China and Madagascar.
Description - Juicy species, perennial, native to Madagascar, was introduced in Europe in 1920. The species is named after Robert Blossfeld. Undergrowth of 40 cm height. Leaves simple, opposite, succulent, elliptic to ovata, the strains are from the top of Blong-lanceolata, 2-10 cm long, red margin, crenate, glabra. Mugurele flowers is 11 mm. Cime flowers arranged in dense terminal or axillary, the flowers are bisexual, calyx of 4 sepa green, 5 x 2 mm tube Corola of 4 petals united, corolla tube 10 mm, 5 mm petals, colored, blooming from January to April but can flourish and all year. Pollination is fafold by birds and insects. Fruit follicles, 8x2 mm.
Growth rate - slowly.
Requirements - sandy soil, well drained, sunny or partly sunny with exhibitions.
Management - If kept in a room and the regular watering, will grow but will not inflorii. To thrive it needs to be held in winter to 10 ° C and wash once every 20 days. Do not ever wet the leaves. The fertilizeaza to 15-20 days, too much fertilizer causes the strain to alungeasca. The transvazeaza after blooming. Flowers wilted cut to ensure a longer flowering. Do not keep near radiators or other heat sources.
Propagation - by seeds or seedlings.
Pests and diseases - too much humidity can cause staining of leaves, the plant needs good air circulation.
Properties and Uses - plant may be used for borduri, rocarii.
It is toxic to animals.
Myth, Legend and Folklore --
Michael E. Peterson, Patricia A. Talco - Small Animal Toxicology - Saunders, 2006
Nico Vermeulen - Encyclopedia of House Plants - Routledge, 1999
Urs Eggli - Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants - Springer, 2005
W. Arthur Whistler - Tropical Ornamentals - Timber Press, 2000
Cactus and succulent plants
Rhipsalis grandiflora Haworth 1819
Manure for such plants must be done with fertilizer rich in phosphorus and potassium.
Nitrogen should be given in limited quantities, that stimulates plant growth, weakens tissues and increases perspiration. Manure must be made during late winter to spring to stimulate growth and flowering.
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Strelitzia reginae - Bird of Paradise
Aptenia cordifolia Schwantes
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Gardenia jasminoides - Gardenia
Shrub or small tree, growing 1-15 m tall. Leaves glossy, evergreen, opposite, coriacee, oval or elliptical, dark green, 7-10 cm long. Large solitary flowers, double or semiduble, white, 5.12 cm diameter. Bloom from May to September.
Anthyllis vulneraria L. - head Turcului, harmful
Herbaceous perennial herb, polymorphic, rhizome. Prostrata strain or ascending, pubescent, hairs white, 5-40 cm high. Basal leaves, arranged in rosette, stems leaves alternate, imparipenat-compound, folio oblong-linear, foliole terminal is greater than the side glabrata or slightly pubescent on the upper face, lower face and Seto.
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