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PlantFiles: Spiny Milk Barrel
Euphorbia horrida var. noorsveldensis

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: horrida var. noorsveldensis

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Apr 7, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

THere are many varieties of Euphorbia horrida, from nearly spineless to covered with long, intense spines- this form is the spiniest form and actually has been named... but it is still the same species of Euphorbia as all the other forms. It is generally a pale green to grey bodied plant, suckering/offsetting prolifically and will sometimes have tiny leaves near the top at the site of new growth in later winter/early spring but is otherwise leafless. All Euphorbia horridas originate from S Africa.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Woodcrest, California
Bonita Springs, Florida

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