Baseball Plant

Euphorbia obesa

Living Baseball, Gingham Golf Ball, Baseball-Cactus, Sea Urchin, Baseball

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Slow-growing perennial succulent species in the genus Euphorbia. Originating from South Africa, this frost tender species is sometimes known as a baseball plant after its general spherical shape and lack of thorns. Widely cultivated in botanical gardens, this species is endangered in the wild due to over-collection. The plant has 8 ridges and is often discretely striped or otherwise patterned with green, becoming more red-purple in colour with sun exposure. With age the overall shape becomes more cylindrical. Flowers are non-showy, green-yellow and produced at the top of the plant in a cluster.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Special features

Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

Africa, South, Africa

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow

Credits

profile iconEuphorbia obesa
by Author: Ernst van Jaarsveld, with legislation info by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, February 2002 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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