Euphorbia horrida, African Milk Barrel, is a chunky cactus-like ribbed succulent from South Africa with a columnar basally-branching stem that forms a spiky bush. It is a highly attractive plant with a crinkly often-crumpled look to its ribs that bristle with many dark reddish-brown spines and with an epidermis that has patches of a beautiful chalky-blue bloom. In cultivation it requires conditions that mimic its arid natural environment and needs a completely free-draining substrate with lots of grit and a very modest and restrained watering regime even during the summer months - with no water at all during the winter. Although it can be placed outdoors during the summer, care must be taken to ensure it doesn't get drenched in a summer shower. The danger of rotting from over-watering is never far away. Perfect in a terracotta container and ideal as a houseplant in a well-lit area where it gets lots of sun.
|Synonyms||Euphorbia horrida var. horrida, Euphorbia horrida var. major, Euphorbia horrida var. noorsveldensis, Euphorbia horrida var. striata|
|Geographical Origin||South Africa: Eastern Cape|
|Cultivation||Sunny well-lit aspect. Well-drained, sandy, gritty mix. Water very sparingly, not at all during winter: October to March. Ideal houseplantplant. If placed outdoors in the summer be mindful of summer showers|
|Eventual Height||to 1m|
|Eventual Spread||to 1m|
|Hardiness||Cold tolerant but not frost hardy - indoors in the UK. Houseplant or in a cool glasshouse|
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