Variegated Elephant Bush

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  •  Variegated Elephant Bush, Portulacaria afra is an interesting succulent. Its leaves are shaped like elephant ears, which give it the cute nickname "Elephant Bush".

     Variegated Elephant Bush is low maintenance and drought tolerant, so it can be grown easily as a houseplant. The soft wood branches can grow quite long, making this succulent a good trailing plant in hanging planters. The variegated version of Portulacaria Afra is called "Rainbow Bush" thanks to the lovely white and yellow variegation on the leaves.

     All of the plants will be shipped bare root.
  •  Full Sun, Partial Sun.

      Prefers porous and dry soil.

     Water thoroughly only when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely.

  • 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)
  • Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most 2" plants are shipped in their original plastic pot with soil. Fragile and big 4" plants are shipped bareroot to ensure their safety. When opening your package, some soil may be loose in the box. Plant orders are shipped within 3-5 days depending on availability of the plant. We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, please message us so we can upgrade your shipping (additional cost applied). Here is our blog about the shipping process and packaging. We do not ship outside of the continental United States.

    *** All of our packages are sterilized before leaving the door.

    ** We ship all year round, heat packs are available for purchase in the winter. Please purchase a heatpack if the temperature in your area is below 40F. If your heatpack isn't in the same order with your other plants, please drop us a message, we'll add it for you.
  • We only ship out beautiful, healthy plants! Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival. If you receive your package and are not satisfied, please message us immediately. Fragile plants such as bearpaw, baby toe, etc. may break or loose a few of their leaves during transport. Please contact us for replacements if your plants are severely damaged. We'll try our best to accommodate you. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year.
  • Provide porous soil with adequate drainage, pots with drainage hole are recommended. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Never let your succulents sit in water. Do NOT water on the leaves. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes. The hotter it is outside, the faster your soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often if you live in a hot area. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods; protect from frost to prevent scarring.
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Mic M.
United States United States
Teeny Tiny Elephants

I love this plant. It arrived bare root and well wrapped, and I haven't lost a single leaf. These are finicky plants when it comes to moving them around, changing their lighting, or temperature - so I was very surprised at how well it traveled. I lost my one year old elephant bush recently when we let a friend watch our house for a few weeks of vacation. I checked all of my local stores and couldn't find one - so I ordered online. It's perfect.

Elizabeth H.
United States United States
Great size

I love this bush. It came bare root (without the pot and dirt) but I feel like it was safer that way. You could almost split up the plant into two pots with the size it was! I love this guy and have already ordered again from Succulent Box.

Linda D.
United States United States
They are just beautiful ! Very healthy !

I was impressed with how they were packaged and shipped , and they are so vibrant and healthy !

Danielle K.

Danielle K.