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 procera in a South African garden.