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A picture of a Coral Cactus

Coral Cactus

Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata'

Also known as

Crested Elkhorn, Crested Candelabra Plant, Frilled Fan Spurge, Crested Milkstripe Euphorbia, Crested Mottled Candlestick, Crested Candelabra Spurge

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Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity

More images of Coral Cactus

A grafted Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' cactus plant in a pot
A photo of Coral Cactus
Some grafted Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' plants
A photo of Coral Cactus
A photo of Coral Cactus

Coral Cactus Overview

Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' is a succulent perennial plant from the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. It is a grafted plant, often referred to as a cactus, but it isn't, even though it resembles one. It is popularly grown indoors as a houseplant. It often consists of Euphorbia lactea grafted onto the stem of a Euphorbia neriifolia plant. But there is some variation in the grafted plants and cresting patterns can be unique. This lends to this succulents interesting appearance, a stout stem leading to to a large, fan-shaped structure formed from frilled branches. Commonly known by the names Coral Cactus and Crested Elkhorn, amongst others. This plant grows as a branching shrub, it has an upright habit and forms spine-ridged, triangular to square stems. There are medicinal uses for this plant, particularly in India and it is also widely grown as an ornamental species, in tropical climates and as an interesting houseplant in more temperate regions.