1 gallon; 2-3 gallon; 5 gallon
Full Sun; Part Shade
Shape as needed
Remarkable succulent shrub said to resemble sea coral, forms a thicket of loose branching, brilliantly colored, pencil thin, vertical stems. Fiery red color in the winter fading back to green in the warmer months. Well-draining sandy or gravely soil. Water only when dry. Is toxic to pets. All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. The milky sap is an irritant to the skin and eyes for some. Use care when handling. Resistant to pests, rabbits.
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.