Candelabra Plant (Euphorbia lactea) in the Euphorbias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: 3-6 ft.
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: Yellow
Flower Time: Fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Dynamic Accumulator: B (Boron)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: Plant exudes a latex sap that can be toxic
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 24, 2011 1:20 PM

Euphorbia lactea is sometimes confused with Euphorbia trigona. Once the plants begin to establish some size, the difference becomes more obvious. New growth on E. lactea develops as a open branching habit much like a tree or resembling elkhorns as its common name suggests. New E. trigona stems emerge from the ground in strongly vertical form and closely adjacent to each other.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Euphorbia lactea, nor candelabrum. Photo should be moved. by skopjecollection Sep 3, 2018 1:32 PM 9
Show your variegated plants! (or spotted, splashed, etc anything but green!) by Gina1960 Dec 7, 2018 6:15 PM 196
So what got you into growing cactus and succulents? by skopjecollection Oct 6, 2018 5:18 PM 15
HELP! Is my cactus rotting? by maddiebert Jun 18, 2018 2:22 PM 5
Euphorbia Show and Tell and give away by Stush2019 Aug 9, 2018 2:38 PM 120
Euphorbia trigona origin by skopjecollection Jun 14, 2018 5:41 PM 39
help with trichocereus grandiflorus hybrid ASAP by dmcfvanj123 Jun 2, 2018 11:59 AM 34
Mutant dandelions by Mrcreepercraft48 May 4, 2018 9:50 AM 9
MAJOR Rookie here, HELP! :) by rhysermc Apr 28, 2018 5:07 AM 10
Found this in someone's trash by Yakkin Mar 23, 2018 7:17 PM 4
Succulent ID by GraceHazel Jan 16, 2018 11:42 AM 1

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