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Euphorbia pseudocactus 'Zig Zag'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: pseudocactus (soo-doh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Zig Zag

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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
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No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Fltwd On Apr 4, 2010, Fltwd from Herrin Il.
United States wrote:

I live in southern illinois and have 2 of these plants. When I purchased them they were in the same pot growing stait up like most pictures I've seen, I split them into 2 seperate pots and they went crazy with horizontal branches, so I cut 2 off and tryd 2 start them but they turnd brown and died with no roots starting at all. These plants are the favorite of my cactus collection and would like many more. What did I do or not do to cause my clippings not to start?????

Positive palmbob On Dec 31, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is actually a hybrid between E pseudocactus and another hybrid of pseudocactus and grandicornis. It is an accurate mix of the two species E pseudocactus and E grandicornis- smaller than E grandicornis, but with a lot of the angularity and similar spines to E grandicornis... only with red flowers, not yellow. Also has the striping/variegation of E pseudocactus. Makes a great landscape plant in southern California taking up less room than E grandicornis, and less problems falling over onto itself than E pseudocactus (which sometimes grows more like a vine than a self-supporting plant).

It is a very commonly sold succulent at garden outlet centers throughout southern California... probably more common than either parent plant.

Positive Xenomorf On Jul 2, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Also known as "Zig-Zag"

Positive palmbob On Apr 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very commonly sold species in cactus and succulent nurseries as it has some interesting variegation of the columns accentuated by giving it some shade. However, plant does great in full sun, even in Phoenix, Arizona and still retains some of its variegation. Spines are doubled and sharp. I have not had any problem handling this species as it is pretty tough and doesn't release its sap unless you cut it or break it on purpose, or snag one of the thorns and yank. However, I still use gloves to handle it because of the thorns. Easy to grow plant. Sometimes confused with Euphorbia grandicornis, which is like a giant version of this only without the variegation (zig-zags).

Positive Happenstance On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Like all Euphorbia HANDLE WITH CARE, the latex/sap is dangerous and can cause skin rash, itching and general discomfort.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Clayton, California
Fontana, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Venice, Florida
Culloden, Georgia
Forsyth, Georgia
Spring Branch, Texas

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