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Euphorbia esculenta – The True “Vingerpol”

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Scientific Name

Euphorbia esculenta Marloth

Common Names

The True “Vingerpol”

Synonyms

Euphorbia inermis var. laniglans

Scientific Classification

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Euphorbioideae
Tribe: Euphorbieae
Subtribe: Euphorbiinae
Genus: Euphorbia

Description

Euphorbia esculenta is a succulent shrub with underground caudex, up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The whole cluster of branches (up to 8 inches / 20 cm long) reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in height and up to 15 inches (40 cm) in diameter. The woolly-like flowers are white with yellow sex-organs, clustered at the end of branches.

Euphorbia esculenta

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Euphorbias are very easy to care for. They require a little pampering to become established, but once they are, they are self-sufficient. In fact, more die from too much care and watering than from neglect. Euphorbias need well-draining soil and lots of sunlight. They are not particular about soil pH, but they cannot tolerant wet soil. Unlike most succulents, Euphorbia does not handle long periods of drought well. It may need weekly watering during the summer. Water whenever the soil is dry several inches below the surface. Water deeply, but don’t let them sit in wet soil, which can cause root rot. Add some organic matter or fertilizer to the planting hole. If you are growing them in containers or your soil is poor, feed with a half-strength fertilizer monthly. Euphorbia can be grown from seed, but they can be difficult to germinate (or even find). It is usually propagated by cuttings. This can be tricky, because of the exuding sap. Rooting hormone is recommended with Euphorbias… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.

Origin

Native to South Africa (Cape Province).

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