Green mother of milllions

Green mother of milllions

Bryophyllum proliferum

Common Name:

Green mother of milllions

Scientific Name:

Bryophyllum proliferum

Alternative common names:

Resurrection plant, Sprouting leaf


Perennial, erect, hairless, succulent herb or long. Flowers box shaped, pendulous less than 30mm long, calyx is green, corolla is green or reddish. Adventitious plantlets are produced on the mature inflorescence hence the common name proliferum.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

South Africa, Madagascar and Asia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?


How does it spread?

It reproduces by seed and by tiny plantlets that are produced at the tips of its fleshy.

Why is it a problem?

Poisonous to livestock, outcompetes with indigenous species

What does it look like?

Leaves: Alternate -green
Flowers: Green red
Fruit/seeds: Follicle - with numerous

Does the plant have any uses?

Is an ornamental plant and is also used to treat sores on the body.

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