One of over 2000 species of Euphorbia, mainly from Africa, this particular plant is a small to medium-sized shrub which is columnar in shape, thorny and leafless. It has grey, gnarled stems with large white to dark brown spines. Forms a crown of thick, cactus-like segmented branches. It may bloom with yellow flowers.
A moderately fast grower, this beautiful species has a neat habit and is a great landscape plant, especially for waterwise gardens. Easy to grow, it enjoys full sun although younger plants will do well indoors. Provide a rocky, airy, well-draining soil and water regularly in the growing season (summer) while keeping quite dry over winter.
Native to South Africa and commonly called “Blue Euphorbia”, “Sweetnoors” or “Sweet Noor Succulent”, this plant is sometimes confused with E. virosa, another large Euphorbia.
Note: as with all Euphorbias, handle with care as sap is toxic.
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.