Make Money and Fortune Cultivating Portulacarias, the beautiful Money Plant, always green and brilliant. Read about its legends and characteristics.
Portulacaria is popularly known as the Money Plant. It is a small leaved succulent plant found in South Africa, especially in the East. In origin, it is a soft-wooded, evergreen upright bush or small tree, usually 2 or 5 meters tall. However, in a pot is small and now, it’s a popular indoor bonsai.
It was brought to Europe by Vasco de Gama and from then, Portulacaria is found in lots of gardens or decorating the interior of our homes.
No surprise, because the plant is able of surviving in extreme conditions. In the wilds of South Africa, big plants survive the winter frosts by growing dense enough to provide their own cover. Since its leaves retain water, the plant is drought tolerant and fire-resistant and it will endure desert sun and heat.
How happy can be a lost man in a desert finding a Portulacaria? The plant provides water and food. Maybe this is the origin of its legend. Portulacaria is synonymous of fortune, it’s the Money Plant. Then, having a Portulacaria in your hall, money will call at your door. However, be careful! If you let the plant dry out, you’ll ruin!
Legends are legends and superstitions are not the truth, but it’s a beautiful plant, which decorates smartly. Fortune? Well, you never know.
Other names: Portulacaria afra, dwarf jade plant, elephant’s food, elephant bush, and spekboom in Afrikaans.
Scientific classification. Kingdom: Plantae. Angiosperms. Eudicots. Core eudicots. Order: Caryophyllates. Family: Portulacaceae. Genus: Portulacaria. Species: P. afra.
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See this video with a bonsai of Portulacaria afra, so beautiful: