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Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive fireflyintexas On Dec 14, 2010, fireflyintexas from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

I received this euphorbia years ago and it sits on my patio and gets some afternoon sun. On the nights it goes below freezing in South Central Texas (New Braunfels), I throw a large blanket over it (the plant now stands about 4 - 4 1/2 ft. tall) and it keeps on keeping on. I don't cut it to produce the 'crowns'...I don't like the look of the scarred foliage. It will crown on its own, just not as often. I love the natural look of the longer stems intermixed with the occasional crowning. Very natural and beautiful. My euphorbia is hardier than the books would have you believe. It doesn't like alot of water....that part is true. An interesting, intriguing, easy-to-care-for plant!

Neutral MotherNature4 On May 28, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

All of these Euphorbias in the photographs appear to be grafted, that is, they are NOT grown naturally.

Positive albleroy On Feb 12, 2003, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:

There exist also the species, not cristated, who, on the island of Tenerife (in my garden) reach without problem a hight of 5/6 meter. We are cutting every year a lot of branches (like we do in Europe with hedges) we make it in triangular forms (next visit in april/may) I will make photos to let you see.

Interested in joining me on Tenerife for field reserche?
send an email.



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

Birmingham, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Brea, California
Carlsbad, California
Spring Valley, California
Bartow, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Austin, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas

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