Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lady Slipper Plant

Here is a macro photo of a Lady Slipper Plant from my backyard.

I like the green, waxy, long stems look and the delicate reddish flowers.

These are not easy plants to find and they grow slowly. I have had good luck with growing them and now have several to enjoy.

The hummingbirds love to visit the delicate red flowers.

The plant is called pedilanthus macrocarpus and is a spurge from the genus Euphorbiacea. It can grow six feet tall and is drought resistant for the desert environment. It originates from Mexico in the Sonora, Baja California area. Wear gloves as people are sometimes sensitive to the sap.

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9 comments:

brattcat said...

What a great shot. This almost looks animal rather than vegetable.

Sharon said...

I have one of these in my back yard too! I love the delicate flowers on it and I love how the hummingbirds hover around it. This is a great macro shot.

B SQUARED said...

I saw many wildflowers with the same name this Fall. They are a totally different plant, however.

Halcyon said...

You are lucky to have these beauties in your garden!

Lois said...

That is a pretty one!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's so adorable!
Léia

robert said...

What a beautiful return to life.

A Friday just as nice to you all.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Oh! lady, lady slipper is a nice world!! Best regards.

Don and Krise said...

Wow, my wife and I both noticed right away that this is quite different from the Lady Slippers we have in our region. These are beautiful though. Again, I learned something new.

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