If you ask that he in my we what he knows about elephants, he will drive to Tonalea.
Our Arizona elephant feet look a little different, but they are here.
If you ask the mighty elephant king about that, he will ignore you, as he is trying to figure out why sand disappears in a bucket of water.
Ask me about elephants?
I will walk you into my garden, and tell you everything you need to know, and don’t want to know about elephant food plants.
I first heard about Portulacaria afra, better known as elephant food plant, when I moved to Arizona. It is a succulent, native to South Africa, and is indeed a food source to elephants, wild game, and tortoises. Their climate mimics Arizona’s and thus, we have the perfect addition to our desert landscape.
The little elephant-shaped ears are extra.
I love everything about it, mostly that it is so forgiving. It tolerates sun, shade, water, drought, heat and cold. It is a great stand-alone shrub, growing to eight feet or can be pruned as an accent plant.
I have used it as a lush ground cover, and attempted bonsai, but that is a work in progress.
Recently it made a cuddly nest for my chicken.
It is simple to grow, so I can’t take much credit for a green thumb with this one. I just stick a cutting of it in the soil and give it a little water until it roots.
It will tend to itself as long as you….
Wind Kisses, Donna
Inspired by: RDP/Elephants