Euphorbia resinifera (Resin Spurge)
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Euphorbia resinifera (Resin Spurge)

African Spurge, Euphorbium, Moroccan Mound, Resin Spurge, Staghorn Coral


The most effortless of plants, Euphorbia resinifera (Resin Spurge) is a dense succulent shrub with erect, bluish to lime green, chubby columnar stems. Each stem is four-sided, with a row of small, but sharp spines extending up along each angle of the ribs. Looking remarkably cactus-like, Resin Spurge forms a stiff, multi-stemmed, cushion-shaped clump which expands over time. In spring to early summer, it bears small, simple, bright yellow flowers along the ribs of the stems. Resin Spurge is not a demanding plant, needing only a spot with good drainage and sun. While it tolerates partial shade, it is most compact in a sunny location. It can endure winter lows down to 20°F (-7°C). When a plant gets damaged it exudes a thick white milky sap (latex) that is poisonous. Be very careful when handling this plant

  • Typically grows up to 2 ft. tall (60 cm) and up to 6 ft. wide (180 cm).
  • This remarkable plant is resilient to most pests and diseases, is deer or rabbit resistant and is easy to care for. It requires a little pampering to become established, but once it is, it is self-sufficient.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in well-drained soils. Little to no additional water is needed during most of the year. It may need weekly watering during the summer. Water deeply, but don’t let this plant sit in wet soil, which can cause root rot.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, Mediterranean Gardens, rock gardens or containers.
  • Propagate by stem cuttings or stem segments.
  • Native to to Morocco, where it occurs on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains in the surroundings of Marrakesh.
  • All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes. Be very careful when handling this plant as the stems break easily and the milky sap can burn the skin. Use gloves and protective googles.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbia - Spurges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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Amante Darmanin, Flickr, (c) Gerhard Bock, SucculentsandMore.com

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbia - Spurges
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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