Slipper Plant
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Slipper Plant
 
(Pedilanthus macrocarpus)
 
EAST SIDE OF KRUTCH GARDEN
 
6 Interesting succulent with vertical form and orange "slipper" flowers

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In Depth Pedilanthus macrocarpus, Slipper Plant
Location: EAST SIDE OF KRUTCH GARDEN
Family: Euphorbiacae family
Distribution: Sonora and Baja California peninsula, Mexico
Habitat: low deserts often in the partial shade of cacti or shrubs
Habit: Evergreen bush with leafless stems
Flowering: Orange slipper-shaped flowers
Natural History Notes: This is a plant that is recently introduced into southwestern landscaping. It is highly drought resistant, but will perform better if watered during the late spring and summer. It is hardy to about -1 to -5 °C. Its red flowers are in the shape of a slipper, which is the source for its common name. Related to poinsettia.