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Euphorbia leucocephala

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucocephala (loo-koh-SEF-uh-lus) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Anthurium1 On Jan 1, 2013, Anthurium1 from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

This is one of my favorite plants and I can't understand why it is not more popular at nurseries in my area. I found mine as a 3-gal. Plant at Fairchild Tropical Garden sale in Miami. it now lives in zone 10-b and is a 10 year old small tree, about 8-10 ft. It Blooms reliably, starting in Nov. and is a beautiful sight every winter. In the spring when the blooms fade, I cut mine back by about a third to keep it compact. I have successfully started plants from cuttings, taken in the spring.

Positive Jlopez On Feb 14, 2011, Jlopez from Guaynabo, PR wrote:

Hello, first i want to say tha this is a very good site!! Love it!

I was looking for the name of this shrub (Euphorbia leucocephala) that I have in my backyard for 2 year. I did'nt know the name or where it came from, the origin of the plant. All I knew was tha my ant had it in her backyard and I fell in love with this shrub. Well, it was here where i found the name and a very brief description of the shrub. I live in Puerto Rico and I am planning to start growing this shrub for now on. I want to thank for Dave's Garden for having a wonderful site with a lot of helpful information and products. Thank you again

Jose Lopez
San Juan Puerto Rico

Positive ilima On Feb 25, 2006, ilima from Clyde/Fines Creek, NC (Zone 5b) wrote:

This medium to large shrub is a reliable drought tolerant late fall bloomer, Halloween to New Years. The blooms are very fragrant with a nice jasmine scent. Blooming is triggered by shortening day length and artificial light to close to the plant will prevent blooming. It is semi deciduous going dormat after the bloom period. It produces numerous seed capsules that explode upon ripening around March casting the seeds out. This plant will take hard pruning to help keep a full rounded shape and to maintain the desired height.

Whitefly has been a problem with this plant but only in 2 years out of 18 that I have grown it.

Positive Tijer On Sep 11, 2005, Tijer from Miami, FL wrote:

This plant / tree (10'-15' spec) blooms based on sunlight. just after thanksgiving all leaves begin to fade and fall. they are replaced by bright white flowers that fade to pink and red. As seed drops new leaves sprout in green. This large shrub blooms best and longest when the days are short and no other lights exist(ex. street lighting). Great show at Christmas.


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

Los Angeles, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Sanford, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Kihei, Hawaii
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

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