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Friday - August 24, 2012

From: Pauline, SC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives, Cacti and Succulents
Title: Non-native jade plant from Pauline SC
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Do jade plants grow in South Carolina; if, so where?

ANSWER:

Crassula ovata (Jade Plant) is native to South Africa. It is ordinarily used as a house plant, but obviously not growing natively in South Carolina. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, home of Mr. Smarty Plants, is dedicated to the growth, propagation and protection of plants native not only to North America but to the areas in which those plants grow naturally.

 

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