Euphorbia poissonii Pax
Euphorbia poissonii is an erect much-branched succulent shrub that grows up to 6.6 feet (2 m) tall. The branches are fleshy, smooth, green to silvery-grey on old trees, cylindrical, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. They are topped with large green leaves during the growing season. Flowers are yellow-green or greenish with red stamens and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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. 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 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. See more at: How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.
Warning: When a plant gets damaged, it exudes a thick white milky sap known as latex. This latex is poisonous, contains some of the most potent irritants known. The latex is particularly dangerous for the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. So pay extreme attention not to get any in your eyes or mouth.
Euphorbia poissonii is native to northern Nigeria.
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