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PlantFiles: Euphorbia
Euphorbia xanti

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: xanti (ZAN-tee) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Euphorbia xantii may prove to be too vigorous for the location I planted it. It is under a 6 foot cold frame, but I had to cut a couple feet off the plant to put up the frame. Even under the cover it was frozen back substantially in January 2013 (24 F) to only a couple stems. It has recovered well. It grows in a harsh site with full afternoon sun and heat off an east-facing block wall. It gets water only once a month in summer and none in winter.

Positive msironi On May 6, 2007, msironi from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

We originally saw this plant at the Huntington Garden in Pasadena. The group oohed and aahed over its color and grandeur. As we were in the "cactus garden" area I suggested it was probably a Euphorbia and my friends thought I was crazy/wrong (it is so bushy and profuse with flowers it doesn't look like it would be). Recently found a beautiful rather large specimen at a local specialty nursery and grabbed it for only $35.00. Unlike most Euphorbia's, the flowers are quite fragrant. I note palmbob's warning about invasiveness but have it in an area where growing tall and wide would be desirable. If I need to prune, gloves will be used to prevent the sap from attacking.

Negative palmbob On Feb 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bought as a cute, unusual little succulent bush with lots of light pink to white flowers most of the winter. Not really much in the way of leaves (they are there, but tiny), just a mess of tiny branches on a small woody stem. But after planting the innocent little beast in the ground, it start to cluster vigorously, then show up several feet away a year or so later, and now is everywhere. On top of that, the little bush became a monstrous, tangled shrub draping itself over everything nearby. ANd like most Euphorbias, likes to drool toxic white sap all over you when you start to hack it back. Be cautious before stuffing this 'cute little plant' in the ground in your yard. Likes lots of water in the summer- couldn't care less in the winter.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Palm Desert, California
Thousand Oaks, California

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