Mexican Hat Plant/Mother of Thousands
Recently a fellow horticulturalist and good friend of mine gave me a Mexican Hat Plant. I’d never seen one before, and to be quite honest, I wasn’t that thrilled with it. It just looked like a plain and nondescript succulent to me. However, I gratefully took it and placed it into my collection of house plants. I placed it on a sunny window and watered it when it was dry, and decided to love it as much as the other plant residences I tend to.
The truth is, after working all day, I often come home, water the plants but don’t always stop and admire these green creatures. Worse, for those who know me, I can’t see anything without my glasses on. Turns out that one night, I had my glasses on when I went to water him. I couldn’t believe what I saw! The Mexican Hat plant, native to Madagascar, south Africa and Calcutta, is one of the most intriguing plants I have ever seen (with my glasses on). Along the edge of each leaf were hundreds of little baby plants complete with roots….attached to the mother leaf! This plant has live babies! The little babies fall off the mother plant when brushed and land in the soil below fully equipped to grow. How efficient is that? Known as Mother of Thousands, Alligator plant, Mexican Hat Plant and no doubt a Weed, this plant is a type of Kalanchoe (Bryophyllum) that although is considered toxic, is also used with good results to treat cancer naturally. The plant rarely flowers, and rarely produces seeds, and why bother when it already has effectively figured out how to reproduce itself without worrying about pollinators? This plant is a unique genius, worthy of a place amongst the plant lovers collection!