Euphorbia Horrida. African Milk Barrel.
The Euphorbia Horrida is a shrubby variety of succulent resembling a cactus which can often be quite variable. Thick upright cylindrical stems which can be twisted are blue-grey to blue-green in colour heavily ridged with between 10-20 ribs. Rows of red-purple or brown spines are up to 4cm long with numerous amounts clustered on the crowns. When mature this beautiful succulent forms tight irregular clumps. Green and yellow flowers are very small and appear in summer. Perfect for Cacti enthusiasts and makes a great houseplant, but be aware the sap is toxic if ingested. Very difficult to find for sale at this size in the UK
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EUPHORBIA HORRIDA. African Milk Barrel.
Latin Name: Euphorbia Horrida.
Common Name: African Milk Barrel. African Milk Bush.
Origin: South Africa.
Hardiness: Hardy down to -4 degrees, lower if roots are dry.
Growth Characteristics: Very variable succulent shrub. Tight clumps of upright cylindrical stems heavily ridged with 10-20 ribs blue-grey to grey-green in colour. Can be twisted. Rows of fierce red-purple to brown spines, also clustered on the crowns. Very small green and yellow flowers. Easy to grow. Slow growing. Sap is toxic if ingested.
Sun: Full sun/partial shade.
Soil: Well drained soil. Gritty.
Moisture: Water more in summer and during growing period. Allow to dry between waterings. Keep dry in winter.
Feeding: Feed with half strength balanced liquid feed at the beginning of the growing season.
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