Dischdia are milkweed relatives native to Asia. D. pectinoides has a symbiotic relationship with ants, which live in its hollow pods and protect against parasitic insects. Organic matter from the ants is used as nutrients that the plant consumes. The pods are only developed on mature plants, and usually, there is only a small number present even on plants of considerable size. The foliage of normal leaves is small, around 1/2 inch long and slightly less wide. This plant can be kept outside during mild weather (50-85F) and does best in indirect light.