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Plant Type: Euphorbia
Plant Height: 2-5 feet
Spread: 1-3 feet
Flower Color: white or pink
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Candelilla, scientifically known as Euphorbia antisyphilitica, is a small, shrubby succulent native to the Chihuahuan Desert in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is well-known for its slender, wax-coated stems and its historical use in traditional medicine and wax production.

The plant typically grows to about 2 to 5 feet in height and spreads 1 to 3 feet. Candelilla forms dense clusters of slender, upright, stick-like stems. The stems are greenish to bluish-gray and are covered with a whitish, waxy coating, which helps the plant retain water in its arid native environment. The leaves of the Candelilla are small, scale-like, and often shed during drought to conserve water.

Candelilla produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are usually white or pink. The flowers are often clustered at the stem tips and bloom in late spring to early summer.

This plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and requires well-draining soil. It is highly drought-tolerant, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and desert-themed landscapes. Candelilla is also adapted to poor, rocky soils and extreme temperatures.

In landscaping, Candelilla is used for its unique texture and form. It provides visual interest in succulent gardens, borders, and as a ground cover in dry areas. Its wax-covered stems give it a distinctive appearance, especially when backlit by the sun.

Overall, Candelilla is a low-maintenance and visually appealing plant, ideal for adding an exotic touch to drought-tolerant gardens. Its slender, waxy stems and adaptability to harsh environments make it a valuable and interesting addition to any garden focused on water-wise planting.

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