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Euphorbia tithymaloides

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Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: tithymaloides (tith-ee-mal-OY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Pedilanthus tithymaloides
Synonym:Tithymalus tithymaloides

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Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Red

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive GrannyGardner On Jun 19, 2012, GrannyGardner from Bartlesville, OK wrote:

Moved out doors in May in Colorado. All the leaves fell of leaving me 3 sticks. Put in a corner and forgot it for about a month. Came back and it was covered with leaves!! ALL 3 STICKS! Plan to bring in in the winter. Love how this cactus looks.

Regional...

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

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Grenoble,
Rowland Heights, California
Alamosa, Colorado
Austin, Colorado
Brooksville, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Deland, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Rotonda West, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Broussard, Louisiana
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Andrews, Texas
Huntsville, Texas



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