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PlantFiles: Euphorbia
Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost'

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

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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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

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
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative SondraSD On Aug 12, 2013, SondraSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

I'm a beginner- completely! I have recently purchased a Euphorbia Lactea and now a few weeks later it has developed these blackish patches on the parts where the variegation is the darker green color... :-(
My guess is the darker green colored area is where there is more water or fluid at the surface? Or perhaps because euphorbias are supposed to have a milky liquid, ...the darker green albeit sort of translucent part is the area where there is more clear liquid or air pockets? normally?
I have only watered it once, and minimally! I have researched around & don't find a description/image which matches....any advice? I can send/post a picture.

Positive vossner On Nov 5, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My e. lived as a houseplant for one year, by a very bright window with little water. It outgrew its indoor pot so I moved it outdoors in full TX sun. It never missed a bit, it never burned. It has gotten no winter protection in the last two years but I do cover it if we get more than a day's rain. Excessive moisture would kill it fast.

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

When I first got this plant, I was under the impression that whoever added it to the plant files knew a lot about it.. .but that was obviously incorrect, as it is a much hardier plant than listed here (originally- hope to get that changed)... I have grown it outdoors in zone 9b under protection, but it is marginal there... however, in zone 10a it is perfectly adapted here in Southern California, even to full sun (which also was not listed above), though probably morning sun would be the most ideal situation. When I first got it, it was a greenhouse plant, and did burn in the sun a bit... but it has been growing in hot sun up until just past noon now for nearly 2 years without a hint of burn... and easily takes temps down into the low 30s (30 even, in fact). It is planted outdoors in the ground and took 4 months of cold rain this last winter without complaint, as well as the 120F day we had this summer (along with at least 40 other days of >100F ). It is a relatively slow grower, at least compared to the 'regular' form of E lactea, but still I have seen many specimens in greenhouses, and a few outdoors 10' tall or more. It is a beautiful and quite hardy species for the warmer zones and makes an incredible landscape plant.


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

Gilbert, Arizona
Brea, California
Carlsbad, California
Reseda, California
San Jose, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Lake Mary, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Lafayette, Louisiana
Natchez, Mississippi
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Richmond, Texas

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