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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Scientific name: Kalanchoe  fedtschenkoi
Common name: Lavender Scallops, Kalanchoe Stonecrop

Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Madacasgar
Photos takan at: My home garden

Category: Cactus and succulents, tropical and tender perennial plant

Kalanchoes are called "wan zi qian hong" (  - million purple thousand red) which translates to mean 'an abundance of wealth and prosperity'. In Cantonese, 'zi' for purple colour also sounds like money (银纸 - ngan zhi). The pronunciation of "wan zi qian hong" also rhymes with "a million offsprings, a thousand fame and honour".

There is another common Kalanchoe pinnata with similar flowers. 
K. pinnata is commonly grown in our countryside and known by the name of "Setawar Kampung". In the old days, the leaves were used as bookmarks and we call them "Lock Day Sung Kan" meaning that roots will grow out when leaf touches the ground.

This is my entry for Cottage Floral Thursdays #20, my grateful thanks to Fishtail Cottage. To participate and view other entries around the world, please click here.

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous blooms! So glad you linked up to Cottage Flora Thursday's!!! Please do share the garden party with friends - the more inpiration the better! Hope to see you again next week! xoxo, tracie


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