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PlantFiles: Variegated African Candelabra
Euphorbia ammak var. variegata

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: ammak var. variegata

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter

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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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral labeille On May 2, 2008, labeille from Long Beach, CA wrote:

It is true that is is carried at nearly every Target, which is where I purchased mine. It is the variegated version - which has sort of a blue-green appearance. I have some reservations about planting it, after having read about its poisonous propensities, especially with an inquisitive dog and young grandchildren. I went to several Target stores looking for a second one, thinking I wanted a pair, but the two others I found had a brown mold-like appearance at the base of one of the legs. Interestingly, after two months in the pot, mine developed the same brown rot/root mold. We live here at the coast, near the ocean, which might have some bearing. My husband moved it under one of the eves [to keep it away from grandson] and I think it got some unwanted extra water due to the location before I noticed it and moved it. Don't think I'll buy another. I'll keep this as a specimen in a pot, cut off the offending member and replant the chub. Hope it survives.

Positive palmbob On Sep 20, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am still confused about whether there is another form of Euphorbia ammak, or if all are variegated... I have some plants that may be the green form, but this is by far the more common form seen about California. You can get these at any Home Depot or Target in southern California, though can't speak for the rest of the country. Super easy to grow, fast, and will root from a chopped off 'arm' easily. However, does get a bit 'top heavy' after a while and the 'arms' will often need to be chopped off, just to keep them from breaking off eventually and hurting something far below. Have seen 20'+ tall plants fallen over at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena on multiple occasions, so I would probably recommend 'staking' your plant if you intend to let it get that tall.

Develops little variegated leaves in summer along much of the upper length- one thick, curved leaf per set of spines, though are markedly less pronounced than they are in the 'green' versions of this plant (if there are such things.. could be I am misidentifying those).

Positive BayAreaTropics On Sep 12, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Planted a 4 footer three years ago outdoors and it has almost doubled in height with multiple hefty arms. The more sun the better,reflected heat boosts growth .Likes regular summer watering,fast drainage, and organic fertilizers.A very unique looking plant for the bay area.I can't think of anything else that looks like it.

Positive Happenstance On Sep 18, 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:

Chandler, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Hayward, California
Perris, California
Reseda, California
San Leandro, California
Vista, California
Cleveland, Ohio

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