This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Alluaudia procera ia a favourite cactus- like garden plant that originates from the island of Madagascar. Unlike the true cacti this plant also bears leaves on the stem.

The plants are rewarding to cultivate and relatively fast growing when planted outside in well drained soil. Slight frost is acceptable but Alluaudia procera cannot withstand severe frost. In areas of heavy frost the plants can be grown in a protected green house. Pot culture is often done, but growth will be slower.

The plants can be watered regularly during the summer months but water should be withheld during the winter. The stems will lose their leaves during this time.

Alluaudia procera has small yellowish or whitish green flowers. The plant are commonly referred to as Madagascar Ocotillo.

Alluaudia proceraAlluaudia procera in a South African garden.