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Euphorbia Species

Euphorbia platyclada

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: platyclada (plat-ee-KLAD-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Tirucalia platyclada



Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Phoenix, Arizona

La Puente, California

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Worcester, Massachusetts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 23, 2009, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grew pretty well from cuttings for me. Tends to turn duller in color with less sun. I grew these indoors about 25 years ago, and apart from slightly spindly growth and more green than pink due to not enough light, they always did well, occasionally blooming. I have not tried them outdoors here in Florida, and I suspect that they would have to be protected from the 20 F nights we get a few times most winters. I also wonder whether they could be hybridized with a poinsettia: the actual flowers (not the showy bracts) on a poinsettia look remarkably like those of this plant. (Euphorbia is a big genus and such hybrids might well be impossible, but the idea amuses me.)


On Jan 16, 2007, Stuber from Fernandina Beach, FL wrote:

Truly an oddity, but always a conversation starter and so pathetic looking it makes many people laugh when they first see it. The local grower/wholesaler in my area calls it the "dead wood plant" and says it survives well outdoors as long as kept above freezing. Also wants a bit more water than most succulents when propogating, but grows reasonably well from cuttings similar to the zygocactus or epiphylum species.


On May 15, 2004, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Cool plant. Wonder where I can get one. Looks to be a close relative of E. tirucalli.


On Apr 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a plant only an enthusiast can love... looks like it's dead all the time. Has flattened fleshy brown to reddish mottled leave and stems... nothing green about it. Branched, twiggy looking plant from Madagascar. Not sure on cold hardiness but suspect a zone 10b-11 plant. Survives in LA outdoors under greenhouse roof through winter. Flowers are hard to see, but are orange-gold and almost blend into the dead-looking color of the rest of the plant. Flowers at very end of summer. Second photo shows them if you look carefully (taken mid September)