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Products > Pedilanthus cymbiferus
Pedilanthus cymbiferus - Mini Lady Slippers
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Euphorbia cymbifera]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Pedilanthus cymbiferus (Mini Lady Slippers) - Densely clumping shrub with many 1 to 2 feet tall leafless slender pubescent gray-green stems topped in late spring through summer with a terminal inflorescence of small thick dull red bract-like structures, called cyathia, surrounding the other floral parts that is best described as "strange red flowers like a bird's beak". Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate infrequently. Hardy to 22 F. This species is from southern Mexico in the states of Jalisco. The name Pedilanthus comes from the Greek words 'pedil' meaning "shoe" and 'anthos' meaning "flower" in reference to the shoe-shaped flower structures that some members of the genus have and the specific epithet comes from the Latin words ''cymba' meaning "boat" and 'fera' meaning "carrying" in reference to the shape of the cyathia. As with all Pedilanthus this plant has recently been subsumed into the genus Euphorbia and this species with the name Euphorbia cymbifera, but we continue to list it under its old name. Our original stock plants purchased from the Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley California came from Waterwise Botanicals.  The information about Pedilanthus cymbiferus displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.