Euphorbia horrida 4"
Euphorbia, also commonly called "Spurge" is one of the largest genera of flowering plants. Spurge can have some similarities to cactus in regards to shape and the ability to go through droughts although they are not cactus. They have a simplified bloom with no petals. It Is more of the shape of the Euphorbia's body that people go crazy over this Genus as they are indeed known for their architecture. The Euphorbia horrida, or "African Milk Barrel", is a cactus like shrub that has a clumping form and spines.
- Light - full sun
- Watering - dry between watering
- Soil - succulent mix
Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary. As will the bloom state.
Euphorbia tirucalli - “Pencil Cactus,” Euphorbia ingens- “Candelabra Tree,” &
Euphorbia trigona - “African Milk Tree” - Most Euphorbia sp.
Light: Prefers direct sun. Euphorbia are an excellent choice for a sunny window (usually south- or west-facing). Rotate the plant periodically for balanced growth and even color development.
Water: Only water once the soil is nearly or completely dry. During the winter they will need watering less frequently as they go mostly dormant.
Environment: Euphorbia thrive in a dry environment and prefer temperatures 60-70 degrees or higher. Use a well draining cacti/succulent potting mix and plant in a container just slightly larger than its’ current container
Toxicity: Higher toxicity to cats, dogs, and humans. If the milky white sap gets on your skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water as the sap can be irritating.
- Some varieties of pencil cactus exhibit vibrant colors when placed in a sunny location. More sun leads to more color.
- The candelabra tree bears needle-like barbs which can hurt if pricked, so handle with caution. It is recommended to wear gloves for protection..
- Overwatering your euphorbia can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off the plant.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting. Printable Care Sheet
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