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Euphorbia anoplia

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: anoplia (a-NO-plee-uh) (Info)
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Cactus and Succulents


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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 softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Clayton, California

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

Woodcrest, California

Metairie, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 19, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

have admired a friend clump for some time, she has now shared (hers was spilling out of its pot and coming thru the drainage holes in the bottom. I cant wait for this to fill the sm pot its in now and I can transplant to a larger space. Gonna get enough started so i can try a little out of doors, we live in a microclimate around a lake...I love to experiment :O)


On Feb 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice, neat small, attractive clumping columnar Euphorbia from S AFrica. A bit frost tender here in So Cal in zones 9b or colder, but can do OK outdoors in 10a and up, or near the coast but up in elevation a bit. Moderate growth rate. Tends to get confused with E polygona or horrida, but has NO spines at all, and always a bit on the variegated side (has light and dark bands). Flowers dark purple and look a lot like E polygona flowers... E polygona usually has some spines, though.

Now that this plant has lived through a severe freeze (severe for us southern Californians) where many aloes and other Euphorbias got severely damaged, this plant was completely untouched, even the fully exposed clump. So I think it's a solid 9b plant at this point- no problems with 26F for exte... read more


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.