Euphorbia flanaganii N. E. Br.
Medusa’s Head, Medusa Head
Euphorbia flanaganii is an exotic succulent with multiple snake-like branches. Conical or cylindrical central caudex, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Soft, thin, deep-green arms that can grow up to 1 foot (30 cm) long and deciduous leaves, up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long. Yellow-green flower heads, clustered at the center of the plant.
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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.
Native to South Africa (Cape Province).
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