Candelilla means "little candles" in Spanish, a very apt name for this plant. Waxy, gray-green stems grow in upright clumps. Small leaves drop quickly leaving the tiny cream and rosy pink flowers clinging to the slender branches. Butterflies and other insects flock to them in spring and summer.
Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
Interesting habit makes a nice accent plant
Very drought tolerant
Low maintenance and easy to grow
Perfect for small, narrow landscape spots
Deer and rabbit resistant
Native in the Trans-Pecos of Texas and south into Mexico. Found in high elevation, hillsides and slopes.
Along with its purported Native American use as a syphilis treatment, this plant is important economically as a high grade wax is made from it that is generally mixed with other waxes to help harden them to make candles, soap and lip balms.