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Euphorbia Species

Euphorbia cotinifolia

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: cotinifolia (kot-in-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Aklema cotinifolia
Synonym:Euphorbia caracasana
Synonym:Euphorbia cotinoides
Synonym:Euphorbia scotanum
Synonym:Tithymalus cotinifolius
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 6, 2005, EDEMAR from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I brought a small branch about 7 inches long from a grown Euphorbia caracasana, from Caracas -Venezuela- about seven years ago.
Planted the brach in our back yard (upsidedown) and even so, the branch started to grow leaves and roots in less than a couple of weeks. It's a very fast grown shrub; lovely in the summer. It grows wild everywhere in the Caracas area. I believe it 's got the name for that particular spot.
It has lovely bright red-cardenal leaves and small yellow flowers.
It gets "sad" or dormand in winter, although in South Florida there's no such a thing as cold weather. She loves sun and warmth.
The milky substance that comes when a branch/leave is broken, is quite harmfull to some skins (not mine). My wife
is very allergic to it, causing bu... read more


On Jun 7, 2004, Dinu from Mysore,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

The leaves will get the darker shade when in full sun. When it is kept continuously under shade for a considerable period, the newer growth will have greener leaves which will turn to that red if moved to full sun for a few days. The reddish leaves at the bottom and the greener growth at the top makes it a good sight, esp. against a contrasting background. Easy to maintain this plant.


On Aug 1, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am not sure about the species name of this plant, but it IS a Euphorbia species. This genus is one of the most diverse in the plant kingdom. This plant is somewhat related to the common Poinsettia, ALSO a Euphorbia species. It doesn't have to look like a succulent to be a Euphorbia. It has more to do with the floral anatomy and biology.

By the way, all Euphorbias have poisonous sap, but the poison properties vary a LOT from species to species. Poinsettias, for example, are commonly blamed for poisoning dogs and cats, but I can tell you as a veterinarian that this is not a very poisonous plant- only irritating to the mucosal tissues. Some Euphorbias are very poisonous, by the way.


On Jul 31, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

I don't have Euphorbia on my property, but I do like the look of the foilage on the shrub that's posted at the Database & would be very interested to know more about it. Purple Spurge looks similar to the plant pictured here.


On Jun 4, 2003, rksrks from MISSISSAUGA, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have grown Euphorbia for a number of years. There are a number of varieties. Mine has a lovely lime yellow colour in the spring. It seems to keep a wonderful rounded mound form. Personally, I think the only drawback to this plant is that it reseeds. The few new plants can be dug out and given away. I would not call it invasive.


On Jun 3, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

interesting looking plant. be nice if we knew more about it.


On Jun 3, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Beautiful shrub... but I got some serious allergy to its latex, so I never come too close to it :^/

There you go, all I know about this plant is there. Be aware that they grow it here in Rio de Janeiro, so I guess it requires hot temperatures