General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 12-18 inches
Leaves: Other: Ephemeral
Fruit: Pops open explosively when ripe
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.
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Winter
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.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Euphorbia

  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 9, 2019 4:03 PM concerning plant:
    Low, branching South African succulent Euphorbia with characteristic star-shaped spines (thus the name) which are actually persistent peduncles, the bases on which cyathia appear. Some peduncles may be sterile, and some flowers lack the characteristic peduncle. Newly formed spines are pinkish red, fading to gray. Cyathia are small, with wool and green glands bearing marginal cilia. Stems are pale green, with marked tubercles, branching at the base. Plants are dioecious (separate male and female individuals).

    Widespread range in habitat across South Africa, though not common there, and not particularly common in cultivation. May be found in older publications as E. stellaespina. Well behaved in container culture, though not particularly fast growing.

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