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Pedilanthus Macrocarpus also known as Slipper Plant, Lady’s Slipper, Gallito and Candelilla is native to the Sonoran Desert of northwestern Mexico including central Baja California.
An unusual attractive slow growing succulent plant that has tiny , inconspicuous leaves. One half inch thick lime green stems rise up to 3 feet tall arching or bending outwards under their own weight. The stems are tapered like a candle near the tips and covered by a waxy substance known as Candelilla , which means “little candle”.
Pedilanthus macrocarpus spreads slowly outwards with new stems emerging from below ground to form tight clumps to 3 feet wide. In mid-summer to fall the unusual red-orange slipper shaped flowers, which are also described as bird shaped, appear along the stems and are often flowed by reddish fruit. Humming birds are attracted to the nectar rich flowers.
Mass plantings with a wall as a backdrop can make a dramatic stam, The Slipper Plant makes a great container plant , use as a focal point in the garden or on the patio. Requires very little irrigation even in containers , watering every 2 to 3 weeks is sufficient.
We are offering a well-established plant 12 to 16 inches tall with several stems.