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African Milk Cactus

Euphorbia atrispina

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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African Milk Cactus Overview

Euphorbia atrispina is a spiny succulent with small yellow flowers that bloom at the tips of new spines on the stem top in Spring. Young plants may look like little trees or spreading shrubs. The mature plant has a mounded cushion shape with a large number of stem tips visible on the dome-like surface. The fruits are spherical and purple. A milky substance will ooze out if the plant is injured in any way and is harmful to skin and should not come in contact with one's eyes. The plant grows in the Little Karoo between Ladismith and Oudtshoorn, as well as on rocky slopes towards the coast.

Common problems with African Milk Cactus

Problem free

    How to propagate African Milk Cactus

    Seed

    Cuttings

    Break a branch off, let it heal and plant after a few weeks.

    Special features of African Milk Cactus

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant