rare plants - fragrant flowers - exotic fruit
Date: 16 Jan 2019, Entry id: 1547659862-1
Fascinating Spekboom (Portulacaria afra, or Baby Jade)
By Mark Hooten, the Garden Doc
...I love this plant! I first grew it in the 1960s when I was just a kid. I found it growing as a fantastic four-foot tall houseplant in a big sunny window in a schoolmate's home and was happily given a cutting. When I inquired about this most unusual plant, my friend's mother explained that she had brought a piece of it with her when she came from South Africa many years earlier. She told me that in Africa, it is a favorite food for both Elephants and Rhinoceros and that it was grown all over her families farm for feeding both animals and people. Being a little kid in Illinois, I found this especially fascinating...
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