Candelabra Plant, False Cactus, Dragon Bones, Elkhorn, Brain Plant
Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata Soft Ruby'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactea (lak-TAY-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cristata Soft Ruby

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Lake Worth, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Oct 25, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant.

It does well in a soil mixture of 1 part sand and 1 part loam. Allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings and in the winter, water only a few times. It is easily killed by over-watering. If grown indoors, it needs high light ((300-500 foot-candles). This plant is toxic to household pets as well as humans. It may cause skin, mouth and eye irritation, stomach pain, temporary blindness and vomiting.