Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Variegated Elephant Bush

A finally got around to planting one of my recent succulent purchases: Variegated Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra 'variegata'). 

About a month ago, I bought the non-variegated form of the plant (which still waits for its planting).  While researching that plant online, I discovered the variegated form and immediately added it to my Gotta Get list.

Then a couple of weekends ago, while shopping during a rare rain shower, I found the variegated form and the perfect pot for it at the same nursery.


  1. Charming companions (plant and pot). Is this the one that develops a large stalk like an elephant's foot?

    1. Know the "trunk" can thicken up - but don't believe it gets excessively large. The "elephant" portion comes from the fact that the non-variegated form, called Spekboom (which I also have but is not yet potted), can grow into a small tree and is actually part of an elephant's diet.