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Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea' (Fire Sticks)


Scientific Name

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea'

Common Names

Fire Sticks, Sticks on Fire, Sticks of Fire, Red Pencil Tree


Euphorbia tirucalli var. rosea, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire', Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firesticks'

Scientific Classification

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


Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea' is a very striking succulent shrub, up to 25 feet (7.6 m) tall and up to 10 feet (3 m) wide. Branches are smooth, cylindrical, green, about the diameter of a pencil. Branch tips are orange, red, or pink. The color tends to fade closer to yellow in the summer, and becomes redder in the winter. There are no spines. Leaves are small, about 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long and less than 0.12 inch (3 mm) wide. They fall off early, so usually the stems appear naked. Flowers are pale yellow and inconspicuous.

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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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.


Nursery produced cultivar.


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