I didn't even know the plant known as Mother of Thousands had flowers, but this year they were all flowering and they produce the most exotic looking blooms atop of tall flower stems that grow out from the base of the plant.
Mother of Thousands, also known as Bryophyllum daigremontianum or even just as the Good Luck plant, is so-called because it produces thousands of baby plants along the edges of its leaves.
It is a houseplant in temperature and cool climates, but happily grows outdoors in warmer climates.
In some parts of the world it is considered a pest because it reproduces so easily. Knock any of the baby plants off the edges of its leaves, and they will readily root.
It is also highly poisonous.
Fields of mother of thousands plants that have escaped from gardens and naturalized in the wild can easily kill herds of cattle, small dogs or children who put any part of the plant in their mouths.
I must confess that this was news to me, having kept this unusual plant all my life, and having never known it was dangerous.
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Mother of Thousands, also known as Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Bryophyllum daigremontianum, and Devil's Backbone, Alligator Plant and Mexican Hat Plant, are succulent plants originally from Madagascar.
They thrive in tropical and subtropical climates where they may be grown outdoors.
Frost will kill them, so if you live in a cooler climate, bring them indoors between early autumn and late spring.
Flowering of Mother of Thousands is sporadic and may not happen at all.
All of my mature plants flowered this winter which brightened up the garden no end with their umbrella-like groups of pink bell shaped flowers.
They normally flower in winter, if they flower at all, and spend the summer produced hosts of baby plants which fall off in the wind and take root nearby.
I used to have just one plant. Now I have hundreds, without actually replanting any of them. I keep my garden plants in pots because the soil is poor and now nearly every pot has a new visitor growing in it.
As you can see from the photograph here, the baby plant-lets throw out roots before they have even fallen or been removed from the mother plant.
They root very easily if simply placed on the surface of some compost in a pot. Give them some water now and then, and it will soon grow up into an adult plant that may or may not produce flowers.
Sherry. Ellis on September 19, 2014:
I have this plant and it is awesome! now all my neighbors have it too! I didn't know it was poisonous thank you so much for all the information and beautiful photos. I never knew the name of it until now.
GardenExpert999 (author) from Scotland on August 29, 2012:
Yes dogs will probably die if they eat this plant. Fortunately, most of them have more sense - dogs seems to just know what is safe and what isn't.
kmanz on August 28, 2012:
if a dog eats this it will die of become sick ?
GardenExpert999 (author) from Scotland on June 17, 2012:
Aren't they just incredibly beautiful when they flower? Here's hoping yours flowers next year too!
PoodleDoodle88 on June 17, 2012:
I have had these since the 70s and they can't be killed. This year is the first year they flowered. Beautiful. East window and small amount of water.
GardenExpert999 (author) from Scotland on February 11, 2012:
Thanks Kris :) I thought everyone would have heard of it, oh well you have now!
@flashmakeit, no it doesn't need much water but it does need some. They grow bigger when you water them well in hot weather. As a houseplant, you end up with baby plants all around the pot that you get fed up cleaning up! You think I need to add more info about it?
flashmakeit from usa on February 10, 2012:
I think that flower is beautiful but dangerous. I would like to read more about that plant. It looks like it does not need to much water.
Kris Heeter from Indiana on February 10, 2012:
Wonderful first hub and great pictures! I'm always looking for new ideas for houseplants and I've somehow not heard of this one.
I'm looking forward to reading more hubs from - I love gardening and plants:)