Yellow Spekboom (Portulacaria afra ‘Aurea’)

Portulacaria afra ‘Aurea’ is an indigenous plant known commonly as the Yellow Rainbow Bush or Yellow Elephant Food.

Although it is a slightly slower growing shrub it is very rewarding when used in a garden. It reaches around 30-50cm in height and has a sprawling growth habit. It has bright yellow, rounded succulent leaves and a reddish stem. This Portulacaria grows best in the sun but will cope in semi-shade conditions, the colour of the leaves being brighter if sun grown.

Portulacaria is not fussy about the soil it is grown in, but does prefer that the soil drains well. It is coast friendly, drought tolerant and water wise. Do not overwater or plant in clay soils as this will cause the plant to rot.

In its natural habitat small pink flowers  appear in the spring months , unfortunately in cultivated plants these are not often seen , for gardening purposes the plant is used more for its striking leaf colour and water wise attributes. Portulacaria is generally suited to all areas of SA but is not ideal in heavy frost areas.

Being a Spekboom the leaves are edible and of course it is a marvellous carbon collector. It is also classified as a soil binding plant and is excellent for the control of soil erosion.

Portulacaria afra ‘Aurea’ is an easy to grow low maintenance plant. It works well in hot dry rockeries or planted with other succulents when water is scarce. At the same time it will happily provide bright evergreen leaf colour amongst plants which receive regular water.

Eastern Cape Stockists:

Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth

Free State Stockists:

Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein

Gauteng Stockists:

Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Keith Kirsten Waterfall – Midrand
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg

North West Stockists:

Garden Pavilion – Potchefstroom

Western Cape Stockists:

Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg

**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**

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