Kalanchoe manginii is a perennial, decorative succulent up to about 30-40 cm tall and wide, which forms small bushes of thin, woody arching stems with rounded, glossy leaves. It will produce its delightful salmon-red hanging bell-shaped flowers in spring. Boiteau & Mannoni described variety triploidea Boit. & Mann, for natural, triploid plants with larger flowers.Derivation of specific name: The species name honours the French botanist Louis Alexandre Mangin (1852-1937).Stems: Several slender, erect, arching or creeping, reddish, semi-woody; vegetative stems covered by glandular hairs, flowering stems mostly glabrous.Leaves: Opposite, very fleshy, persistent, almost sessile (without petiole), of a rather variable shape, orbicular, oblong, obovate or spatulate (spoon-shaped), 1-3 cm long, 0,5-1,5 cm broad and up to 8 mm thick, base tappereded, at times covered by a thin down when young, becoming glabrous. Margin entire or rarely 1-3 weak notches at the apex.Inflorescences: Terminal, open panicle-shaped on a short, glabrous or sparsely hairy scape carrying sparse, drooping flowers (usually 1-5). Flowering branches 10-40 cm long. Adventitious buds are produced in the inflorescence and as the blooms fade the flower heads can become crowded with tiny plantlets.