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Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae

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Scientific Name

Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae Rauh & Petignat

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae is a dwarf succulent with a quite a rough spherical or oval fat base (caudex). The caudex is up to 2 inches (5 cm), topped with several erect branches and spirally arranged leaves creating an almost animated appearance. It eventually becomes a small shrubby bush up to 10 inches (25 cm) over time. Stems are up to 8 inches (20 cm) long, branched mostly from the base, covered with prominent brown abscission leaf-scars. Leaves are thick, colored in shades of green, brown and copper, wavy, their edges curled up, spirally arranged at the end of branches, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) wide, variable in size and shape. The leaf margin waviness depends on growing conditions especially water availability and intensity of exposure to sunlight. Flowers are bell-shaped and greenish-pink in color.

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. They tend to grow problem free, but there are a few pests and diseases to be alert for… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.

Origin

Native to Madagascar.

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