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Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Fire Sticks)

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Resembling sea coral, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Fire Sticks) is a striking evergreen succulent shrub forming a thicket of brilliantly colored, loosely branching, vertical stems. As thin as pencils, the distinctive stems exhibit a reddish-golden color which fades to yellow shades in summer before changing back to redder tones in winter. When new, the stems bear small leaves that are inconspicuous and soon drop. Euphorbia tirucalli is prized by landscape designers who use it to add vertical accents in waterwise gardens, to create succulent seascapes or to lend its fiery color to container floral displays.

  • Typically grows up to 4-8 ft. tall and wide (120-240 cm), if grown in-ground in full sun in a hot and frost-free climate.
  • This remarkable plant is resilient to most pests and diseases, is salt tolerant, deer or rabbit resistant and is easy to care for.
  • Performs best in full sun in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. It is drought tolerant and does well in poor, rocky soil.
  • Perfect addition to beds, borders, coastal gardens or Mediterranean Gardens. It can be used in containers where it will lend color and height to floral arrangements.
  • Quick to strike root from cuttings.
  • The species Euphorbia tirucalli is native to a wide range from Madagascar north through tropical and subtropical Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India.
  • 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.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 12
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia
Common names Euphorbia, Fire Sticks, Pencil Tree, Spurge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 8'
(120cm - 240cm)
Spread 4' - 8'
(120cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Euphorbia horrida (African Milk Barrel)
Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s Head)
Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant)
Euphorbia resinifera (Resin Spurge)
Euphorbia mammillaris (Corncob Cactus)
Euphorbia xanti (Baja Spurge)

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Aeonium haworthii ‘Kiwi’
Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)
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Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 12
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia
Common names Euphorbia, Fire Sticks, Pencil Tree, Spurge
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 8'
(120cm - 240cm)
Spread 4' - 8'
(120cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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