All of these odd-looking plants have decorative stems, but those of P. macrocarpus are bare most of the year. Inconspicuous red flowers are concealed in tubular or slipper-shaped red bracts. Some botanists consider Pedilanthus to be a part of the genus Euphorbia.Pedilanthus macrocarpus
Native to Mexico. This shrub grows to 5 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide, with small, scanty leaves that drop soon after they emerge. The fleshy, waxy, whitish, forking, half-inch-thick stems are the main feature. Bears 1-in. bracts in late spring; may repeat in summer after rainfall. Tolerates light shade, but has the best form in full sun.
Native to Mexico. This shrub grows to 5 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide, with small, scanty leaves tha...
Native to Southwest deserts and northern Mexico. Slow growing to 3–6 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide, wi...
Very slow growing. Eventually forms a cylindrical trunk 6–10 in. wide, 3 ft. high. Leaves are sp...