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Zones 12, 13, 19-24
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal
Toxicity
Milky sap can cause stomach upset

Pedilanthus macrocarpus

Lady’s Slipper
Euphorbiaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

PEDILANTHUS

Both commonly-sold species have decorative stems, but those of Pedilanthus macrocarpus are bare most of the year. Both have inconspicuous red flowers concealed in tubular or slipper-shaped red bracts.

Pedilanthus macrocarpus

Native to Mexico. This shrub grows to 5 ft. tall, and 2 to 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 best form in full sun.

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