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African Milk Cactus

Euphorbia atrispina

Red spines (Eng.), 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.

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

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Little Karoo and rocky slopes towards the coast.
Natural climate
Desert and semi-desert

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Euphorbeaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free

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