Description Pedilanthus bracteatus is a beautiful small flowering tree originally from Mexico.It is also known as Slipper Plant.CandelillaEuphorbiaceae photographed at Enchanting Floral Gardens of Kula Maui Hawaii Sharon Mau 21 July 2009Pedilanthus bracteatus (Slipper plant) Growing to around 6 feet tall (to 9 feet in habitat) this upright succulent branches from the base and has narrow cylindrical green stems with ovate leaves, with a thick mid-vein on the lower surface, that appear just near the branch tips. All vegetative parts of the plant are often sparsely hairy. In the warmth of late spring and summer appear the curiously shaped red cyathia (flower structures containing separate male and female parts) are enclosed in rounded reddish pink bracts near the branch tips. These curious flowers on several Pedilanthus species are somewhat shoe shaped and gives this genus the common name Slipper Plant. Other common names include Slipper Spurge and Candelilla (more commonly associated with Euphorbia antisyphilitica and Pedilanthus macrocarpus), for the hard brown wax from this species.[2nd Image] Habit and Cultural InformationCategory: SucculentFamily: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)Origin: Mexico (North America)Evergreen: YesFlower Color: RedBloomtime: Spring/SummerSynonyms: [P pavonis, Euphorbia bracteata]Height: 4-8 feetWidth: 3-4 feetExposure: Full SunDrought Tolerant: YesDeer Tolerant: YesIrrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation requiredWinter Hardiness: 25-30 FMay be Poisonous
Sharon Mau, Maui Hawaii Member Since July 2010 Artist StatementSharon Mau is a fine art photographer, journalist, visual communicator and conceptual artist residing upcountry on the beautiful tropical island of 'Ihi-kapu-lau-mäewa more commonly known as Maui Hawaii - Paradise on Earth - Island of Rainbows, specializing primarily in beautiful tropical flowers, conceptual art and seascapes
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