Medusa's Head From The Cape

Euphorbia caput-medusae

Medusa's-Head

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Euphorbia caput-medusae is a sprawling, succulent shrub, reaching up to 1 m across often found near signal Hill and taken to Europe around 1700's. It was described by Linneus. The remaining narrow, fleshy leaves and a cluster of flower clusters are carried at the end of the branches. An interesting addition to dry areas in the garden or grow them in a well-draining pot.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Allow seedheads to dry on the plants; remove and collect seeds.

Propagation

Cuttings

Make cuttings from loose branches.

Seed

Sow fresh seed and keep moist.

Special features

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Cape Peninsula

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Interesting potplant or addition in the rockery.

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Problem free

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