Milk Bush (Euphorbia tirucalli) in the Euphorbias Database

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 25 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Other: In the genus Euphorbia, the flowers are reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster of flowers called a cyathium (plural cyathia). This feature is present in every species of the genus Euphorbia but nowhere else in the plant kingdom.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Will Naturalize
Suitable for miniature gardens
Dynamic Accumulator: B (Boron)
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All members of the genus Euphorbia produce a milky sap called latex that is toxic and can range from a mild irritant to very poisonous.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jan 3, 2016 7:50 PM

Stick-like succulent that can grow to be a large tree in permissive climates (beware, cold sensitive!). Easy to start from cuttings but handle with great care as the sap is a nasty irritant (use gloves, sharp tools, eye protection). Needs strong light to do well... will stretch and droop in low light. Like other tree Euphorbias it will drop branches during strong wind events. It also does surprisingly well in containers, and the stick-like juvenile form can be grown as a miniature. There are orange and red versions of this plant (common name "Firesticks") which have much more ornamental appeal and do not grow beyond the size of a large bush.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 24, 2011 1:43 PM

Very easy to propagate, but beware if you plant it in the ground. In a favorable climate, E. tirucalli can grow very large and spread quickly. The plant is then prone to breaking and falling apart in the wind and can make a colossal mess in a garden.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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love! by BPadilla Apr 30, 2017 12:10 PM 3
Best performing succulents/cacti in full sun and dry heat, in your garden by _Bleu_ Mar 1, 2019 10:28 AM 30
Firesticks a two-faced dude :) by _Bleu_ Dec 26, 2018 6:52 PM 13
Thoughts about mixed succulent planter by Crofton09 Dec 19, 2018 12:44 PM 10
Question - House plant that will continue to grow for at least a year? by curiousnewbiehere Dec 13, 2018 6:43 PM 44
These shrubs at Epcot? by MaestroDT Dec 3, 2018 12:18 PM 2
Please ID (is it a Euphorbia)? by voteforme Nov 7, 2018 12:27 AM 3
What is this plant? by Razaaaan Aug 17, 2018 1:09 PM 4
euphorbia tirucalli by GayleRaff Jul 31, 2018 5:39 PM 5
ID and Care help by CountryDaizy Jul 10, 2018 7:37 PM 4
Weeping Fire Stick by Olganwest Mar 19, 2019 10:42 AM 3

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