Lavender Scallops
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Lavender Scallops
P Introduced Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Lavender Scallops • Telugu: రణపాల Rana paala
Botanical name: Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi

Lavender Scallops is a low-growing, frost-tender fleshy perennial herb that prefers dry, open ground. It grows up to 25-30 cm as an untidy, low, rounded herb. The stems are round, smooth and lax with visible leaf scars, often bending to touch the ground where they produce roots and a new plant. It is commonly called Lavender Scallops from the shape and color of its leaves. Leaves are simple, fleshy, opposite, blue-green and oval or obovate with fine scalloped edges, the edges may turn pink or red under strong sunlight or drought conditions. The tubular flowers are carried in corymbs, often multi-layered in good conditions. Each flower has a short calyx edged with triangular sepals. The calyx is shorter than the tubular flower. Flowers are orange, coral or apricot color, hanging down. Lavender Scallops is native to Madagascar. Cultivated as a graden plant worldwide.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Munnar, Kerala.

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