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 ...
Rounded, arching growth to 3–5 ft. high, 5–8 ft. wide. Wrinkled, toothed gray-green leaves...
Dense, rounded habit to 10–25 ft. high and 9–30 ft. wide; often trained as single-trunked ...