Euphorbia horrida is a succulent plant from the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). It is also known as the African milk barrel cactus or spurge succulent and originates from the dry areas of South Africa.
Euphorbia horrida has an unusual and spiny habit. The shoots are greenish-grey and covered with pointed thorns that sit in pairs along the shoots. The thorns can be up to 2.5 cm long and are very sharp, so care should be taken when handling this plant.
The leaves of Euphorbia horrida are tiny and fall off early, so the plant consists mainly of the thick, succulent shoots. The plant can reach a height of 30 to 60 cm and forms a dense, spherical or columnar shape over time.
Euphorbia horrida produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are often surrounded by tiny, yellow bracts. The flowers may appear in winter or early spring, depending on growing conditions.
Euphorbia horrida is known for its unique and fascinating appearance and is often used as a decorative succulent in dry or desert gardens or as an interesting houseplant. It prefers well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight and is relatively easy to care for as it is adapted to the dry conditions of its natural environment.
Offered is one of my mother plants about 35cm high and about 10cm in diameter; single specimen; from the succulent collection; fully established and grown over several years to suit the species; potted up in a well-drained self-mixed organic substrate; repotting only desired in 2-3years, grown slowly without fertiliser therefore robust & top healthy (100% organic quality before quantity!); not hardy. ); not hardy, with time it will form new side shoots, the plant is intended for a bright/sunny location (avoid waterlogging!), Enjoy your new Euphorbia horrida!
Did you know?
The botanical name Euphorbia is derived from Euphorbos, the Greek physician from the 1st century AD. In 1753, the botanist and taxonomist Carl Linnaeus gave the entire genus the name Euphorbia in honour of this doctor.
And yes, that's right, euphorbias are not cacti, even though many of them look pretty much like a cactus.