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Native to the dry, rocky portions of eastern South Africa, dwarf jade plants typically grow as small trees in the wild.

However, with regular pruning, they can be kept relatively small – which is part of the reason they’re also popular among bonsai enthusiasts.

Dwarf jade plants are not thought to be toxic to bearded dragons, and humans even eat the leaves in salads.

However, it is important that you don’t confuse the dwarf jade plant (Portulacaria afra) we’re discussing here with the similar-looking (and more widely available) jade plant (Crassula ovata).

While the former is thought to be completely harmless, the latter is mildly toxic.

Dwarf Jade Plants (Portulacaria afra)

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