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Tall Slipper Plant

Pedilanthus bracteatus

In stock

1 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Sonoran Desert

Water needs:

Low

Exposure:

Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Filtered Sun

3-6'x3-6'

Moderate

Flower color:

Flower season:

Pruning:

Red

Summer - Fall

Prune floppy or broken stems or frost damage.

Wildlife

Monarchs:

No

Nectar pollinators:

Yes

Nighttime pollinators:

No

Rabbit resistant:

Yes

Tall Slipper Flower is a great succulent that can thrive in a variety of exposures. This is a thicker, more substantial cousin of Lady Slipper, and has a moderate growth rate to 5' tall or more, with erect green stems forming clumps a foot or more across. In full sun it will stay in leaf through the warm season, although they will produce more leaves in the shade. Tall Slipper Plant is also a great bloomer. You can expect to have the red-orange flower bracts grace your plants from late spring through the fall. Hummingbirds are its pollinator. Even the fruit is strikingly interesting; knobby and reddish. It is native to dry deciduous woodlands in Mexico from Sonora to Guerrero. Great choice for containers or in the ground.

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.

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