San Marcos Growers LogoSan Marcos Growers
New User
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
COVID-19 Response
Search Utilities
Plant Database
Search Plant Name
Detail Search Avanced Search Go Button
Search by size, origins,
details, cultural needs
Website Search Search Website GO button
Search for any word
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings

PLANT TYPE
PLANT GEOGRAPHY
PLANT INDEX
ALL PLANT LIST
PLANT IMAGE INDEX
PLANT INTROS
SPECIALTY CROPS
NEW  2021 PLANTS

PRIME LIST
  for DECEMBER


Natives at San Marcos Growers
Succulents at San Marcos Growers
 Weather Station

 
Products > Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta'
 
Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' - Midstripe Rainbow Bush
   
Image of Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta'
 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Didiereaceae
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [P. 'Roulant']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' (Midstripe Rainbow Bush) - A very slow growing succulent shrub with attractive bright reddish pink stems holding small 1/2 inch long ovate green leaves that have wide white stripes down their middle, sometimes with leaves having little or no green. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade and irrigate sparingly to not at all. We have not tested this cultivar's cold hardiness much below 31 F but it will likely be as hardy as other forms, tolerating temperatures to around 25 F and useful in USDA zones 10-11 or Sunset 8,9, 12-27. This very showy plant is slower growing than other forms of Portulacaria afra but culture is similar in all respects making this an easy to grow succulent that works as a great bonsai plant, hanging basket or a small shrub in frost free climates. The lavender pink flowers are seldom seen on the species and likely even rarer on this highly variegated form. The solid white leaves, while particularly attractive on the red stems, are best removed to increase vigor, and all green leaves should be similarly trimmed. Our thanks go out to Tony Krock, who first gave us this cute little plant in 2012. Another cultivar name that may have been applied to this plant is 'Roulant', likely named for French succulent grower Roaul Raoulant. For more information on the species see our listing for Portulacaria afra. We also grow the variegated form, Portulacaria afra 'Variegata', Portulacaria afra 'Aurea', a semi-prostrate plant with yellow new growth, Portulacaria afra 'Low Form' another prostrate form with green leaves, Portulacaria afra 'Skyscraper' a narrow upright form, Portulacaria afra 'Cork Bark', a corky bark form great for bonsai use and Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla , a large leafed form. All are great drought tolerant plants useful in the landscape or as container specimens.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta'.
 
  [MORE INFO]