A succulent tree-like shrub native to South Africa where it can reach massive heights, but is cultivated for use as an ornamental in succulent gardens or rock gardens. Its swollen looking branches are divided into triangular shaped segments and grow upwards and outwards resembling a huge candelabra. It has no visible leaves, or very inconspicuous ones, and its single trunk stem has a grey-brown, gnarled look. Branches can be bright green or yellowish green, while flowers are yellow-green clusters.
This is a very low maintenance and easy to grow plant, suited to any soil in full sun, but needs moist, well-drained soil. When growing indoors, water during summer but leave dry in winter. Like all euphorbias, it has a sap which is an irritant to humans and animals, and is used by locals to stupefy fish for easy catching.
NOTE: Euphorbia’s are for ornamental purposes only. The milky sap can be toxic and can cause adverse reactions if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes. Do not ingest. Euphorbias do not typically require pruning or maintenance, but take care when handling.