General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 4 to 6 inches
Plant Spread: Clump forming to 12 inches
Flowers: Inconspicuous
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.
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Dynamic Accumulator: B (Boron)
Resistances: 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

Common names
  • Euphorbia

Photo Gallery
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-09-27
4 female parts on this cyathium (3 is normal)
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-12-15

Photo courtesy of: Frank Vincentz

Date: 2006-08-24
Photo courtesy of: Stan Shebs
Location: Texas
Date: 2016-08-06

Date: 2005-08-13
Photo courtesy of: Frank Vincentz

Date: 2018-05-01
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 3, 2022 11:37 AM concerning plant:
    Interesting low, dwarf succulent with branching, globose stems, added one ball at a time, atop a subterranean main stem. Stems age from green to gray or light brown.

    The growth habit of E. globosa resembles Tephrocactus and other New World Opuntia subfamily members, but it can be easily distinguished once it flowers, producing yellow or greenish yellow bisexual cyathia on short or long peduncles, with elaborate fingers fringing the edges. (This feature was the basis for the name of the genus it was originally assigned to, Dactylanthes.) In habitat plants grow in low mats, half buried by soil.

    Other Euphorbia species and hybrids of globosa are frequently confused with it in the trade. Double check the appearance of a plant to confirm its identity. Plants with clear, defined ribs are not globosa. A separate species called pseudoglobosa looks similar (also with swollen roots) but has very different cyathia: sessile, small, without fringes. A closely related species called patula has the same habit and produces similar cyathia, though its stems are narrower and more elongated, and it usually has rhizomatous branching (which is absent with globosa).

    This plant requires strong light for the best form and will quickly stretch, forming non-globose stems, if light is lacking.

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