Mother of Thousands -- Kalanchoe daigremontiana, formerly known as Bryophyllum daigremontianum and commonly called mother of thousands, alligator plant, or Mexican hat plant is an easy-to-grow succulent plant that's native to Madagascar. Like other members of Bryophyllum, it can propagate vegetatively from plantlets that develop on its leaf margins.  This unique plant produces small plantlets along the tips of the leaves, which make this plant exceptionally mesmerizing.  The below photo is an older plant revealing the small plantlets along the leaf edges.  

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Commonly call Elephant Plant/Spekboom --  A native of South Africa, this easy-to-grow plants scientific name is  Portulacaria afra, while also being known as elephant bush, dwarf jade plant, and porkbush in Afrikaans).  It's a small-leaved succulent plant found in South Africa. These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are green, but also a variegated cultivar is often seen in cultivation.  


This plant is actually edible, with a very high nutritional value. It is a favored food of black rhinos and elephants.  With a slightly lemony taste, Spekboom leaves are juicy and full of moisture, making them the perfect 'pick-me-up' during a long day's hiking in the arid Karoo.

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