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No matter how you say it, this common houseplant has uncommonly beautiful blooms.

Posted February 20, 2014. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

How do YOU say Kalanchoe? Some people say ka-luhn-KO-ee, while others say kuh-LAN-cho.  Either way you pronounce it, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana ‘Calandiva’ has spectacular flowers. While most Kalanchoes bloom with four petals, the Calandivas burst into flower with 32 petals.

In 1998, a Swedish grower discovered a strange looking plant among his purple Kalanchoes. The Calandiva® series, which now includes dozens of colors, was bred from that single mutant. Since Kalanchoe plants can be grown from cuttings, breeders in Europe were able to propagate the Calandivas and develop additional colors.

Visit the colorful ‘divas’ in this year’s Winter Fire Colors Flower Show at the Botanic Garden. They are complemented by a rainbow of blooming clivias, anthuriums, cyclamens, fuschias and primulas in the lush Mediterranean Conservatory. We’ll be adding even more flowers in early March for the March Madness Flower Show.

Have you ever grown Kalanchoes at home? Tell us about it on Facebook.

By the way, both pronunciations (along with a third - kuh-LAN-ko-e) are acceptable according to Meriam-Webster!

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