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Baseball Plant

Euphorbia obesa

Also known as

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Overview

Euphorbia obesa is a slow-growing perennial succulent species from the Euphorbiaceae family, originating from South Africa. This frost-tender species is sometimes known as a Baseball Plant after its general spherical shape and lack of thorns. It is widely cultivated in botanical gardens and often coveted as a houseplant, but 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.

Special Features

Drought resistant