Alluaudia procera “Madagascar Ocotillo”

  • Alluadia procera reaching for the sky.
  • Alluadia procera 5 gallon

$15.00$45.00

Alluaudia procera is an unusual perennial, succulent, columnar plant with vertical stems. Each is covered with pairs of small rounded leaves and sharp gray spines arranged in channels along the plant’s stems. You can view photos of our larger Alluaudia procera landscape specimens right here. We are currently out of the smaller one gallon rooted plants and our 5-gal specimens have grown to over 4′ and the require a five foot box for shipping.

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All plants shipped bare root in one-gallon sizes.
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CA.

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Alluaudia procera "Madagascar Ocotillo"

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Didierea procera, Alluadia procera
  • Common Names:  
    Madagascar Ocotillo, Madagascan Ocotillo, African Ocotillo
  • Family:  
    Didiereaceae
  • Origin:  
    Madagascar
  • Height:  
    15-25’
  • Width:  
    4-6’
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Extreme heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun or bright location indoors
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant
  • Maintenance:  
    Prune as desired to shape plant.
  • Uses:  
    Alluaudia procera 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.
  • Propagation:  
    This plant can be propagated from stem cuttings and seed. The plant is dioecious so male and female plants are needed to set seed. Plants establish easily after transplantation.
  • Problems:  
    Requires good drainage
  • Special notes:  
    Alluaudia 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. 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 of Alluaudia procera can reach 50 feet in their native habitat but are more likely to be half that size in California. Despite its common name, Alluaudia 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 Alluaudia. 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.

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Plant size

1 gallon, 5 gallon