Pronounced kal-an-CHOH-ee or kal-an-KO-ee. The name comes from a corrupted Chinese name of one species. Thyrsiflora is Greek meaning flowers in a "thyrse" - many flowers on one stem with the lower ones shorter than the upper ones.
Kalanchoes are succulent plants. Some are mainly grown for their foliage and others for their long lasting flowers.
Crassulaceae, orpine family
There are over 200 Kalanchoë species. One of the most popular foliage plants is Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, a compact plant, often with a silvery bloom on its leaves and several named varieties like "Hot Lips" have lovely red tips on the leaves.
Easy to look after. Enjoys a bright sunny position (warm in summer, cooler in winter). Keep plants almost dry in winter, in summer water moderately. In spring and summer feed once a fortnight.