Portulacaria afra variegata " Rainbow Elephant Bush"

To 4 feet

Hardy to Zone 10 (30F)

Full to part shade




As the name “Elephant Bush” strongly suggests, this succulent has a close relationship to wild elephants - the plant is eaten by the elephants (as well as goats and tortoises!), and in the process they break off pieces which then root and grow new plants. It is used in Southern African cuisine, added to salads, soups, and stews to add a sour flavor. Although a popular name for this succulent is “Miniature Jade,” it is actually not related to Crassula ovata (Jade Plant). “Elephant Bush” also comes in miniature and non-variegated forms and makes a popular succulent for bonsai growers. The variegated form is less heat tolerant and will need some protection from the midday sun if moved outdoors in the summer.