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Pedilanthus is one of thebrightest representatives of the family of Molochain. The plant is originally from the tropics of Central America, but some pedilanthus species have become popular when grown at home. The flower won the love of flower growers due to the bright color and unusual leaf structure. In addition, it looks very beautiful during flowering. Most of its inflorescences are small, but they have a rich pinkish-red color and an unusual shape. The plant practically does not require the creation of special conditions.
Unlike most indoor plants, pedilanthus bloom occurs at the end of autumn - the beginning of winter.
For the indoor cultivation, the following pedilanthus species are used:
All pedilanthus species are very resistant to pollution by toxins and heavy metals and are able to clean the air of harmful substances themselves. Such an assistant on the windowsill will become not only the decoration of the house, but also its kind of filter.
For home cultivation, all types of pedilanthus are recommended to be used with caution in a house where there are small children. A branch accidentally broken off by a child and poisonous juice of euphorbia, remaining on the hands of children or sprinkled on the face, can lead to unpleasant, and even dangerous, consequences.
Pedilanthus Tityloid - dangerous handsome
One of the most unattractive kinds of flower is also called Jacob's Ladder or the Devil's Ridge due to the interesting shape of the shoots and the arrangement of leaves. Fleshy dense escape bends at an angle in opposite directions, resembling the structure of the ridge. Young leaves grow on the bends of the shoot, as if forming staircases.
The bush can grow up to 2 m, but very few side shoots are allowed. Leaves of medium size( about 7 cm long) have an elongated shape and a slightly pointed tip. The surface of the sheet is smooth, lint-free, wavy edges.
Experienced flower growers are advised to regularly cut off the shoots to give the plant a bushy shape, leaving 10 cm. Place the cut to be immediately sprinkled with sulfur or coal.
In the southern regions, the Titloid pedilanthus is often used to create a hedge. After pruning, new shoots grow very quickly, making it easy to form a shrub.
A characteristic feature of the species is the ability of the leaves to change color depending on the conditions of detention. Under the influence of external factors on the green leaves of the pedilanthus of the titloidal, a pink or white border may appear at the edges. Also, leafy plates can acquire an olive tint, keeping the bright points in the center. In late autumn, the tops of the shoots are decorated with small red( not more than 1.3 mm) inflorescences that look like shoes or bird's beaks.
Juice of the flower has beneficial antimicrobial qualities that can be used in medicine for the manufacture of medicines.
Pedilanthus juice( euphorbia) Titomaloid is very poisonous and can cause an allergic reaction and irritation of the mucous membrane. In severe cases, there may be a manifestation of contact dermatitis or poisoning.
Pedilanthus Finca is a motley native of the humid tropics
The most moisture-loving pedilanthus species is also called variegated. Young bright green leaves in the center have a darker color. Over time, the leaf brightens, retaining the green color only in the middle of the plate, and the edges turn pinkish-white. The surface of the sheet is covered with glossy shine, and the shape resembles a zigzag. The plant itself develops as a shrub, with the leafy cap and side branches formed on the tops of the shoots. The lower part of the trunk does not branch.
In order to grow the Fink pedilus, it is necessary to choose a light substrate that provides free air access to the root system.
Pedilanthus Large-fruited - flowering succulent
Outwardly the appearance of the shrub is not very attractive - almost bare, non-leafy shoots grow together in groups, forming a dense shrub. The leaves are so small and small that they are almost invisible, in shape resemble scales. The shoots themselves are fleshy, green in color with a gray tinge. In a section most often round, but can sometimes be flattened. They absorb moisture and make its reserves, which allows the plant to feel good in arid climate.
Pedilanthus Shportsevy: Evergreen Euphorbia-Giant
The highest species grows in the shape of a tree and is able to reach 3 m in height. The wide crown is covered with small-sized( up to 6 cm) leaves. They have a single green color and shine, while the shoots themselves are dark green in color, almost black. The leafy plate is slightly elongated, and its edges are slightly wavy.
In spite of the fact that the Shportsevy pedilanthus is an evergreen tree, under the influence of low temperature or when there is a shortage of moisture, it can discard foliage.
Pedilanthus of Coalcomanen - the large-flowering handsome
One of the most beautiful types of pedilanthus was fallen in love with flower growers thanks to unique inflorescences. During the flowering period, very large( unlike other plant species) pink-colored flowers with a peach shade appear at the tips of the shoots. The plant can form either a sprawling bush or a short tree.
The mountainous regions of Mexico are home to the Coalcomanenic pedilanthus, where the rainy season is replaced by drought. Such a climate has determined the nature of the plant - it is able to endure abrupt changes in weather conditions, but at the same time tends to shed leaves in the dry season.
Among the lovers of ornamental plants, there are rumors that the pedilanthus attracts an active change of life positions. For example, if it is presented as a gift - this may mean that in the near future a change of residence or, at least, a repair is possible. To wait for changes in the professional sphere, it is advised to break off the stalk of a plant that grows in a public place without asking. To believe such signs or not is already a personal matter. But one circumstance is beyond doubt - unpretentious types of pedilanthus are ideal for growing at home, especially for those gardeners who love easy-care plants.