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Euphorbia obesa

Baseball cactus

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Features

  • BloomsJune to May
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Euphorbia obesa (Baseball cactus). This species is spherical and a frost-tender perennial succulent. It will grow to 20cm tall and 15cm in diameter. The pale green stem have 8 depressed ribs and red-brown, horizontal and vertical lines, Small yellow-green, cup-shaped bracts will bloom from the apex in the summer.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Succulent or Cactus

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers which are great in borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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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