Alluadia Procera Large Landscape Specimens
These large Alluadia procera are available only via pickup in Fallbrook CA. You can buy smaller plants from our Alluadia page right here.
This 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. In its native habitat it is drought deciduous but in the Southwestern U.S. it is winter deciduous. Thicker, older stems are reportedly slightly hardier than Zone 9b. Older plants do flower with inconspicuous flowers arranged in thyrses (similar in structure to grape flowers) at the branch tips. Vertical stems can reach 50 feet in their native habitat but are more likely to be half that size in California.
Despite its common name, Alluadia p. 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. It 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.
This succulent is often grown in containers as a houseplant in a bright location and can be kept in a pot for an extended period. It has a similar form to Ocotillo and works well as a specimen Plant in larger xeriscape plantings, rock and cactus gardens. The plant is covered with sharp spines and should be located away from pedestrian traffic. It is both fire and deer resistant.