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Elephant Food

Elephant Food

Regular price $7.00 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 8-15 feet
Spread: 8-15 feet
Flower Color: pink
Sun Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Elephant Food, scientifically known as Portulacaria afra, is a unique and drought-tolerant succulent plant that can thrive in the Arizona landscape, particularly in regions with a hot and arid climate. Known for its small, round, jade-like leaves and low-growing habit, Elephant Food adds a touch of exotic charm and water-wise landscaping to gardens and outdoor spaces.

One of the most distinctive features of Elephant Food is its small, succulent leaves, which resemble those of the jade plant (Crassula ovata). These leaves are typically bright green and glossy, creating a lush and visually appealing ground cover. The plant gets its common name "Elephant Food" because it is sometimes used as forage for elephants in its native South Africa.

Elephant Food is well-suited to Arizona's hot and arid climate. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise landscaping. This succulent is drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal watering.

Maintenance of Elephant Food is minimal, as it is a hardy and low-maintenance plant. It is known for its resilience in desert conditions and its ability to withstand extended periods of drought. Pruning can be done to shape the plant or to remove any dead or overgrown branches.

In summary, Elephant Food is a unique and water-wise choice for Arizona landscapes, especially in regions with a hot and arid climate. Its succulent foliage, low-growing habit, and drought tolerance make it a valuable addition to gardens and outdoor spaces, adding both visual charm and sustainability to the desert environment.

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