Euphorbia mammillaris 'Variegata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Euphorbia mammillaris L.
Indian Corn Cob
Euphorbia mammillaris f. alba, Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata
Euphorbia mammillaris 'Variegata' is an attractive succulent easily recognized by its stems that are subtle cream to frosty greenish-white and splashed with emerald green. Usually, there are stems with many lateral club-like branches. The stems have 7 to 15 ribs and can grow up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall and 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter. In cold temperatures, they become blushed with a delicate rose color. The spines are actually hardened sterile peduncles. They are occasionally present and scattered, whitish, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long. The leaves are small, variegated, and short-lived.
The plant produces yellow solitary cyathia at the tip of the stems from late winter to early summer.
This succulent is a form of Euphorbia mammillaris selected for its variegated stems.
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. Feed with a half-strength fertilizer monthly if you are growing them in containers or your soil is poor.
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.
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