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Alluaudia procera/Madagascan Ocotillo

Alluaudia procera / Alluaudia procera
Large specimen growing in a conservatory
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Large specimen growing in a conservatory

Stem with new leaves in spring

Leaves resemble those of crown of thorns, but are larger

A large specimen growing in a California botanical garden

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Scientific Name: Alluaudia procera
Common Name: Madagascan Ocotillo
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: A succulent with spines that can be of danger when working the plant. Although it may grow to 30 or more feet high in its native habitat, it is commonly grown as a much smaller container specimen. Fire, deer and drought resistant, just can't stand a freeze.