African Milk Cactus

Euphorbia atrispina

Red Spines , Swartdoringnoors (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

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

Special features

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Little Karoo and rocky slopes towards the coast.

Natural climate

Desert and semi-desert

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free
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