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Portulacaria afra f. variegata

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulacaria (por-tew-luh-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: afra f. variegata

Synonym:Crassula portulacaria

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral wormfood On Dec 29, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Lost it's leaves after spraying with organic insecticide oil. They are coming back, but slowly.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Apr 4, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The plant is lovely, but I have difficulty growing most succulents because of our copious rainfall and high humidity. I didn't grow the one in my photo, but a member of my club did. I believe it was grown under a cover.

Positive artcons On Jul 24, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

A slow growing plant that's easy to care for. Mine is in mostly shade, hanging under an umbrella.

Positive palmbob On Oct 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very low growing plant, and makes a great bonsai, compared to the non-variegated form, at least, which tends to grow more upright and huge. This form has reddish branches, too. It's a slower growing plant as well. Very drought tolerant. Never seen mine bloom, though.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Goodyear, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Clovis, California
Fairfield, California
Fresno, California
Garden Grove, California
Los Angeles, California
Menlo Park, California
Mission Viejo, California
Oceanside, California
Reseda, California
Rowland Heights, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
San Lorenzo, California
Santee, California
Spring Valley, California
Tarzana, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Seminole, Florida
Venice, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Morrison, Illinois
Wichita, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Henderson, Nevada
Bronx, New York
Southold, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Duncan, Oklahoma
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Mansfield, Texas

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