Bryophyllum delagoense (Crassulaceae)

Common Name:


Scientific Name:

Bryophyllum delagoense (Crassulaceae)

Alternative common names:

Mother of millions; mother of thousands (English); kandelaarplant (Afrikaans)


An erect, hairless succulent perennial growing 1,2m high with grey-green, mottled leaves often having darker green to reddish spots. Flowers are pale orange to deep magenta appearing from June to July on the end of an erect stalk

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?


What is its invasive status in South Africa?

CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Found in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces

How does it spread?

Dispersal is by seeds

Why is it a problem?

It competes with indigenous species and is very poisonous to humans and animals

What does it look like?

General description: A very distinctive succulent herb growing up to 1,2m with toothed leaves and tomato-red flowers at the top of an erect stalk.
Bark: A perennial succulent herb or shrublet.
Leaves: Toothed grey-green leaves with dark green to reddish spots.
Flowers: Pale orange to deep magenta in colour and flowers during June-July season.
Fruit/Seeds: Produces small fruits with numerous seeds.

Does the plant have any uses?

Planted as an ornamental

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