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Medusa's head from the Cape

Euphorbia caput-medusae

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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

Geography

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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