Last Updated: September 9, 2023

A closeup of a mother of thousands plant with babies

The Mother of Thousands getting ready to drop some new babies

Just a close up photo of the Kalanchoe daigremontiana — also known as Mother of Thousands, Alligator Plant, or Mexican Hat Plant — in our sun room getting ready to drop lots of new baby plants.

Looking at the leaves it’s easy to see why it’s called “alligator plant”, and its propensity to drop hundreds (if not thousands) of babies during the year makes its “Mother of Thousands” moniker understandable.

But I don’t get why it’s also called “Mexican hat plant”. It’s tall and leggy with sawtoothed leaves and lateral roots that shoot out the side of the stem. And looking at the babies on the leaves, they appear more like oysters to me.

Ah well, it’s still interesting to look at.

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.