The Alluadia procera was first described by Drake del Castillo
If pruned and kept somewhat pot bound, they can be maintained at a manageable size, depending on what “manageable size” means to you. If planted in the landscape, however, It will often drop all its leaves when it decides to take a rest. When this happens, cut down on the watering until the leaves start to appear again.
This is a terrific plant for those in warmer, drier areas who want something ‘different’ looking- maybe even a bit weird. Nothing is quite like it for adding interest to gardens, especially when plants are grown in multiples and allowed to create a mini-forest. It has some tough, sharp spines, but because of its very upright trunks, this is rarely a problem while walking around.
- Alluadia procera is an unusual perennial, succulent, columnar plant with many vertical stems. Each is covered with alternating pairs of small rounded leaves and sharp gray spines arranged in channels along the plant’s stems.
- Older plants do flower with inconspicuous flowers arranged in thyrses (similar in structure to grape flowers) at the branch tips. Vertical stems of Alluadia procera can reach 50 feet in their native habitat but are more likely to be half that size in California.
- Despite its common name, Alluadia procera is not related to the red-blooming Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) from the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico, but instead, it is related to Portulacaria afra.
- Alluaudia is an endangered plant that is part of a rich and biologically diverse ecosystem called the Madagascar Spiny Forests. Several Lemur species feed on Alluadia. It is endangered largely from habitat loss, but it is also collected and used as a living fence and as a source of charcoal in its native habitat. in any garden or landscape, anywhere in the country. The fascinating plants, usually have fleshy leaves, plump stems, and roots that are used for storing water in dry seasons. You will find them n a wide array of shapes, sizes, foliage colors, flowers, and often unique frills and bristles. Thanks to Mother Nature and evolution, many can tolerate hard freezes. Click To Read More.[/su_spoiler]
Old-hand gardeners know for best success indoor cactus and succulent plants require a certain amount of neglect.