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Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:
||Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
||Pops open explosively when ripe
||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.
||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.
||Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Posted by Baja_Costero
(Baja California - Zone 11b) on Dec 13, 2017 10:31 PM concerning plant:
South African succulent Euphorbia with white, fragrant flowers. One of the largest medusas. Like the others, it grows a central "head" with many "arms" (the venomous snakes of Greek mythology) radiating outward around it. The stem may grow a few inches high and wide, the total width of the plant a foot or so. The arms are relatively thick for this group. The white glands on the cyathia are bifid, with longish processes.
Best form in strong light. Usually grown from seed. Growth seriously retarded by underpotting. Vulnerable to scale (check the underside of the arms). Excellent landscape plant.
Very difficult to distinguish from E. huttoniae (formerly a variety of this species) when not in bloom. The nectar glands of huttoniae are usually yellow, never white. Some of the plants on this page may actually be huttoniae, which was recently separated.
E. huttoniae and inermis are both difficult to resolve from E. esculenta until they have flowered a couple of times.
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||On June 18, 2016
Bought from Poots Cactus Nursery, Ripon, CA
||On June 11, 2022
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