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Euphorbia
Euphorbia echinus

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: echinus (EK-in-us) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Reseda, California

Spring Valley, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jul 17, 2010, bouboule from rabat
Morocco wrote:

I am moroccan with an american education. And talking about euphorbia echinus I would like to contradict you saying that it is poisionous because here people take it to dissolve cysts.
It's a plant that grows a little everywhere in our country and espacially women use it for ovarian cysts. They remove the needle rape it a little and mix it in a fruit juice. After a month of daily intake the cyst dissappears. They're still alive and well.

Neutral

On Nov 30, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Well-drained soil required. Hardy branching habit.

Neutral

On Mar 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Commonly available, spiny, columnar, branching species from Morroco- this plant is often sold at garden outlet centers though I have yet to see it identified as such. Very pointed spines.