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Milky sap can cause stomach upset

Pedilanthus macrocarpus

Lady’s Slipper
Euphorbiaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

PEDILANTHUS

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.

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