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Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata (Variegated Indian Corn Cob)


Scientific Name

Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata

Accepted Scientific Name

Euphorbia mammillaris L.

Common Names

Variegated Indian Corn Cob


Euphorbia mammillaris 'Variegata', Euphorbia mammillaris f. alba

Scientific Classification

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


Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata is an attractive succulent, easily recognized for its stem, which is subtle cream to frosty greenish-white and splashed with emerald green. In cold temperatures, stems become blushed with delicate rose. The stem is simple, thick, erect, ribbed, up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall, and up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter. Usually, there are many club-like, lateral branches. The "spines" are the solitary sterile peduncles. They are occasionally present and scattered, thick, whitish, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long. The leaves are small, variegated, and ephemeral. It produces yellow, solitary cyathia at the tip of each stem in late winter to early summer.

Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata (Variegated Indian Corn Cob)

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USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Euphorbias are very easy to care for. These plants require a little pampering to become established, but once they are, they are self-sufficient. 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 tolerate 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.

These succulents can be grown from seed, but they can be difficult to germinate (or even find). They are 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.


Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata is a variegated form of Euphorbia mammillaris.


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