Portulacara Afra (Elephant Bush)

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Growing Zone: 10-11
Growing Zone: 10-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Portulacara Afra (Elephant Bush)
Mature Height 6-8 feet
Mature Width 3-5 feet
Spacing 24-36 inches
Sunlight Full sun to partial shade
Temperature Tolerance 50°F to 100°F
Watering Needs Low to moderate
Growth Rate Moderate
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, prefers bright light
Flowering Time Spring to early summer
Origin South Africa

How to Grow

Portulacara Afra, commonly known as Elephant Bush, thrives in indoor conditions and prefers moderate to bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate lower light levels but may grow more slowly. Plant it in well-draining potting mix and ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots.

Care Tips

Elephant Bush is relatively low-maintenance. Keep the soil evenly moist but avoid overwatering, as it is more tolerant of slight drought than root rot. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Fertilize with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Pruning is usually not necessary, but you can remove any yellow or damaged leaves for aesthetic purposes.


Portulacara Afra, or Elephant Bush, is a popular choice for indoor decoration and is often used in homes and offices to add a touch of elegance with its colorful foliage. Its low maintenance requirements make it an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts.

Planting Tips

When planting Elephant Bush in a pot, select a container with drainage holes and use a well-draining potting mix. Place the plant in an area with bright, indirect light. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch, allowing excess water to drain out of the pot.


Regular maintenance includes watering when needed and feeding during the growing season. Keep an eye out for yellowing leaves, which may indicate overwatering. Ensure the plant is protected from drafts and cold temperatures, as it prefers warmth and humidity.

Pests and Diseases

Elephant Bush is relatively resistant to pests, but it can occasionally attract mealybugs or spider mites. Inspect the plant regularly, and if pests are present, treat with neem oil or insecticidal soap. Maintain good airflow around the plant to prevent fungal diseases, and avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.



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