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Euphorbia ferox

Spurge

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Features

  • BloomsApril to May
  • Height0.15m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourDark glossy green with spines

Description

Euphorbia ferox (Spurge). A clump-forming succulent with 9 to 10 angled glossy dark green stems armed with stiff thorns.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Succulent or Cactus

Other common names

Milkweed

Origin

S. Africa

Interest and use

Ornamental

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5-15C, and will grow well in sun or partial shade with moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by basal cuttings in the spring or summer, by division in spring or early autumn or by seeds in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Milky sap may irritate skin. Grey mould and mealy bugs may be problematic.

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