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Products > Portulacaria afra 'Prostrate Form'
 
Portulacaria afra 'Prostrate Form' - Dwarf Elephant Food
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [P. afra 'Minima', 'Prostrata']
Height: Prostrate
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Portulacaria afra 'Prostrate Form' (Dwarf Elephant Food) - A low growing form of the typically upright species that grows less than 6 inches tall (usually flat to the ground) with a dense cover of arching and trailing reddish brown stems holding 1/2 long emerald green leaves. Like other varieties of this species, we rarely see it flower but when in very dry conditions one may get the tiny pale lavender flowers in summer. Plant in full sun or fairly deep shade. Makes a great drought tolerant groundcover plant and even an interesting hanging basket or low water balcony plant. Hardy to 25 F. This plant came to us from the Huntington Botanic Garden. This plant is also marketed as Portulacaria afra 'Minima' and Portulacaria afra 'Prostrata' and sometimes referred to a Groundcover Jade whatever you call it, it is a gem of a plant. For more information on the species see our listing for Portulacaria afra. We also grow Portulacaria afra 'Aurea', another prostrate plant but with yellow new growth, Portulacaria afra 'Skyscraper' a narrow upright form, Portulacaria afra 'Cork Bark', a corky bark form great for bonsai use, Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' an upright plant with white variegated leaves, Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla , a large leafed form and Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' a stunning low growing plant with pink stems and leaves that have a wide central cream stripe. All are great drought tolerant plants useful in the landscape or as container specimens.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Portulacaria afra 'Prostrate Form'.
 
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