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Euphorbia mauritanica

Common Name:
Pencil milkbush
Plant Type:
Succulent shrub
Euphorbiaceae (The Spurge Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2-3 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
Erect succulent shrub from South Africa has rounded light green stems that exude white sap when injured. Actual leaves are small and held only briefly; clusters of yellow flowers appear on stem ends. Best in sun with good drainage, with moderate to occasional watering. All parts should be considered poisonous.