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Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’

Elephant bush

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height2m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourPale pink
  • Leaf ColourGreen yellow

Description

Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’ (Elephant bush). This species will produce opposite pairs of lime green, round to oval, silky smooth leaves, which are about 12mm across. The flowers are tiny and pink.

Characteristics

Perennial, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Succulent

Origin

S. Africa

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You should grow in well-drained soil, it needs to be in sun or shade.

Propagation

You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or from seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects.

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