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.
Native to Mexico. This shrub grows to 5 ft. tall, and 2 to 3 ft. wide, with small, scanty leaves that ...
From South Ecuador and north Peru. Columnar cactus, branching with age. Slow growing in pots, fairly f...
Native to Australia. Especially good for seacoast. Tougher than many other Proteaceae family members; ...