|Full Description: Succulent species Euphorbia cereiformis has club-shaped stems to 4"+ in diameter with up to 15 ribs and dense, gnarly persistent peduncles (residual dead flower stalks, etc.) up to 1/2" in length. New growth is burgundy in color. Produces many offsets, and grows to several feet in height. Euphorbia cereiformis main stem growth is spiny, much-branched, clumping, branches (excluding the spines) are 2/3-1" in. thick, erect, 7-10-angled, with grooves about l" in. deep between the angles, glabrous, deep green, without markings and not glaucous; angles subacute, slightly and obtusely toothed, with transverse impressed lines 1-1/2 to 2" in. apart, between the teeth, scarcely distinguishable in dried specimens; leaves rudimentary, soon deciduous, about 1 1/2" in. long, and 1/2" in. broad, linear-lanceolate, very acute, spreading, glabrous, green, reddish at the margins and tips; spines (abortive peduncles) solitary between the teeth along the angles, 5-10 in. long, slender, pale brown, bearing 3-4 minute leaves or bracts scattered along the upper part; flowering peduncles 1 1/2-2 lin. long, glabrous, purple, with 5-6 oblong acute or obtuse apiculate glabrous minutely ciliate purple bracts 1-1 1/2 lin. long; involucre solitary, 2 1/2 lin. in diam., obconic-campanulate, glabrous below, minutely puberulous at the upper part, dark purple, with 5 glands and 5 transversely oblong toothed puberulous lobes; glands contiguous, spreading, 1-1 1/3 lin. in their greater diam., transversely oblong, entire, minutely pitted-rugulose on the upper surface. All Euphorbias contain a white sap that can be irritating to eyes and mucous membranes. Easy to grow! Makes an attractive, evergreen, easy to care for container plant.
Common Names : Milk Barrel Euphorbia, Milk Barrel Spurge
Native To : South Africa-Cape Province.
Caution : All parts of Euphorbia cereiformis are poisonous if ingested. Handling may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction, especially the white sap inside. If contact is made with this white sap, take care to not touch your face or eyes before washing hands with soap and water well.
Care : Euphorbia cereiformis is in full active growth if given warmth-hot weather, its active growth period in the late spring thru the summer months. Give rich but porous well draining soil mix. It likes bright indirect light for best appearance, but can handle some full sun for part of the day. Regular water in summer. Euphorbia cereiformis should be given a winter resting period at which time less water should be given. Protect from frost, below 32 degrees.
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