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Image of Euphorbia antisyphilitica photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Candelilla)

This fine textured succulent thrives in the world’s driest places, offering a unique component to desert landscape design. While the majority of Euphorbia species are native to southern Africa, this is a rare example of a New World plant. Its range is limited, from Texas south into Mexico, preferring rises and low foothill locations where soils are poor and drainage is extreme. The plant is composed of slender pale green stems narrower in diameter than a pencil, growing knee high. These...

Image of Euphorbia atrispina photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Spurge)

This rare species of succulent is among the most beautiful of its clan due to compact growth and mounding habit. It is native to rocky, dry inland mountain ranges of South Africa where it is often found among outcrops. This slow growing plant produces a single trunk that branches into many growing tips, producing a cushion-effect in gardens. The geometrical stems are angular, bearing dark red to black spines that give a higher aesthetic value, particularly for larger uniform specimens.

This...

Image of Euphorbia avasmontana photo by: Maureen Gilmer

Maureen Gilmer

(Slender Candelabra)

One of the more beautiful large Euphorbia, slender candelabra has an exceptional upright form and produces many stems of bright green. In fact, mature wild specimens can produce as many as 50 branched stems. A native of southern Africa, specifically the Auas Mountains of Namibia and along the Orange River of Botswana, it is frost-tender but very tough and drought tolerant.

The upright, bright yellow-green stems of slender candelabra have distinct vertical ribs lined with pairs of dark...

Image of Euphorbia coerulescens photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Blue Euphorbia, Soet Noors)

What makes this plant different from the many other large branching Euphorbia species is the thickness of the branches, which are also more rounded. It is a native of South Africa where it is known as the blue euphorbia, they can be found on rocky slopes with extreme drainage and full sun. This plant is also unique in that it spreads by rhizomes into large colonies of tightly packed vertical branches. They rise upwards from the soil, occasionally branching, but usually just at the tip. Paired...

Image of Euphorbia grandicornis photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Cow's Horn)

Very long and formidable thorns is what distinguishes this large branching succulent shrub from the other nearly identical species. It is a native of the moist eastern coast of South Africa in the state of Natal, homeland of the Zulu. The plants can be found in the bush hill country where soils are rich and well drained. This great succulent produces multiple branching from the base, with some of the outer limbs forced along the ground where they are inclined to root. The central branches are more...

Image of Euphorbia grandidens photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Chandelier Euphorbia, Large-toothed Euphorbia)

Tall and gangley, this disorganized looking succulent tree is not as geometrically beautiful as some, but it compensates with a cast iron constitution. It is native to the eastern regions of South Africa where its range spans both states of Natal and drier inland Transvaal. Where moisture is more plentiful these plants can reach monumental proportions with large copses of them functioning much like its own forest ecosystem. They are found in both savanna and hill country wherever soils are sufficiently...

Image of Euphorbia horrida photo by: John Rickard

John Rickard

(African Milk Barrel)

Modern designers love the silver metallic sheen of this unusual, rock hard succulent, which is also a favorite of collectors. It is native to very steep rocky terrain in coastal South Africa where plants often nestle into boulders to tap moisture protected underground. What makes this plant so fabulous is its silvery coloring, which remains consistent year around. Its spherical form with many angled edges resembles a true cactus, bearing modest black or gray thorns the length of a thumbnail. The...

Image of Euphorbia ingens photo by: Maureen Gilmer

Maureen Gilmer

(Cactus Spurge, Candelabra Tree)

Named for its rounded crown of elaborately branched stems, candelabra tree is a bold, architectural plant for landscapes in arid, frost-free regions. This large, tree-sized succulent superficially resembles a cactus, but is not actually related. It is native to the warm, dry grasslands of southern Africa.

Candelabra tree bears needle-like barbs which are borne on vertical ridges that divide its thick, upright branches into four or five segments. Small, yellow-green flowers appear at the ends...

Image of Euphorbia lactea photo by: James H. Schutte

James H. Schutte

(Candelabra Plant, Elkhorn)

Hailing from the arid regions of India and Sri Lanka, Euphorbia lactea is a highly cultivated, cactus-like succulent that has become naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions across the globe. When grown in frost-free zones it reaches shrub or tree-sized proportions. Though nearly leafless, its spiny, evergreen stems look attractive all season long. As a landscape specimen, elkhorn offers tough, substantial beauty in addition to fast, relatively maintenance free growth. In zones with...

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(Candelabra Plant, Crested Candelabra Plant, Crested Elkhorn)

The wavy, crested stems of this cactus-like succulent offer an interesting appeal to containers and desert landscapes. The stems are green with ivory or yellow markings and the crests are lined with rows of small spines. This naturally occurring mutant does not reach the great heights of wild-type Euphorbia lactea but remains compact and manageable. Small, inconspicuous, greenish flowers also appear near spines throughout the year and are followed by equally small fruits that produce viable...