Pencil Plant

Euphorbia tirucalli

Rubber-Hedge Euphorbia, African Milkbush, Indian Tree Spurge, Fingertree, Milkbush, Milkhedge, Naked-Lady, Penciltree, Petroleum-Plant

profile iconEuphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' Closeup 3264px
by Ram-Man (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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profile iconEuphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' Closeup 3264px
by Ram-Man (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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This species is commonly called pencil plant after its thin stick-like appearance. It is a succulent with a strong branching habit, producing cylindrical stems coloured green to grey-green in aged specimens. Leaves are slim and small, almost unnoticeable and they drop to leave minute leaf scars on the stem surface. Flowers are small and discrete, coloured yellow and arranged in clusters at the tips of branches or between branches. These blooms lead onto capsule fruits measuring approximately 1.2cm across, coloured pale green, sometimes with a pink tinge.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Special features

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Credits

profile iconEuphorbia tirucalli
by Werner Voigt, Harold Porter NBG, December 2007 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)

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