Portulacaria afra Prostrata


Variegated ground-cover Spekboom

Lovely variegated leaves and maroon stems

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Portulacaria afra prostrata Variegated

A beautiful but slow growing multi-coloured ground-cover perennial plant.

The leaves are white edged on rich, reddish-maroon coloured stems. Easy growing and hardy.

Plant size: Well established plants, spreading about 25 cm wide are offered.

About Portulacaria

Portulacaria is a small genus of easy-growing succulent plants, ranging from small compact plants to large tree-like shrubs. The genus is found mainly in South Africa, but also in Namibia and Swaziland.

Portulacaria afra is known as the Spekboom (Afrikaans) or as Elephant food (English). In the Eastern Cape province of South Africa these plants make up a great part of the Elephants diet that lives in these thickets. The variability in the genus, specifically in P. afra,  presents an array of plant forms, sizes, leaf shapes, sizes and colours and they make excellent plants for container gardening, bonsai, the rockery or used in larger landscapes as ground-covers, shrubs or small trees.

Caring for your Portulacaria

Pot: Spekboom do very well in containers or in the garden. Perfect as a hedging plant or can even be shaped into beautiful bonsai. This prostrate cultivar also makes ideal hanging basket plants.

Soil: The plants are very willing and can adapt to most spoils.

Light: The brighter the light the more compact your plant will be, however Spekboom grows well indoors, provided that bright light is given.

Water: The Spekboom is magical in that it can tolerate higher amounts of water but also the opposite, well established plants can withstand months of drought. Over-watering can cause the leaves to drop.

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