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Kalanchoe orgyalis

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Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis) at Roger's Gardens

Copper Spoons

Copper Spoons

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Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Description:

A branched, slow growing shrub featuring ovate leaves that are oppositely arranged, with copper surfaces and gray undersides; yellow flowers in clusters on the branch tips in late winter; great for containers and rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Copper Spoons features showy clusters of yellow bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. It has attractive coppery-bronze foliage with gray undersides and tinges of silver. The succulent oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain coppery-bronze throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The smooth burgundy bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Copper Spoons is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Copper Spoons is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Copper Spoons will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Copper Spoons makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features