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Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra

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SKU 010315-1175
Weight 0.31 lbs
Family Portulacaceae
Genus Portulacaria
Species afra
Common Name Elephant Bush
Package Size 2.5"
Min. Temp To 36F
USDA Zone Zone 10
Exposure Bright Light/Sun
Price: $3.50
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Portulacaria afra ("Elephant Bush"), native to Africa, is known as "Spekboom" by the native Africans. In habitat, this plant forms large "thickets" known as "Spekboomvelds", and are fed upon extensively by elephants. A group of elephants can quickly strip all the leaves and smaller branches in a single feeding, but the regenerative property of the Portulacaria is so great that within two weeks the branches will have regrown lush new greenery. Portulacaria afra can form up to 80% of the elephant's diet. This is a somewhat symbiotic relationship between the plant and the elephant ~ during the feeding the elephant breaks off branches that later re-root and establish new stands of plants. Portulacarias grow to over 6' in height, forming reddish -brown stems to 3" in diameter, with many lateral sub-stems. Rounded, very succulent emerald green leaves accent the mahogany color of the stems. Excellent as landscape subjects, patio plants or to provide privacy screens in the yard or by the pool. Portulacarias are easily grown, fast-growing plants that prefer porous soil with ample airflow. Bright light to full sun to prevent etiolation of the stems. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

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