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Euphorbia 'Snow Flake'

Euphorbia polygona

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: polygona (pol-LIG-go-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snow Flake
Additional cultivar information:(aka Snowflake)
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

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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:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Belmont, California

Hayward, California

Mission Viejo, California

Mountain View, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 9, 2011, boomboer from Cape Town,
South Africa wrote:

All of the "Snow Flake" sold in the trade in the States comes from a single plant in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. More of the plants of this naturally occuring form have since been discovered, but it has a very limited distribution, only growing on three farms in the area. A beautiful plant.


On Apr 25, 2010, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I just bought one of these plants at H.D. The label had a interesting tidbit in that it said that only one "Snowflake" was ever found in Africa and from that single plant....


On Oct 7, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Here in California this is an extremely common and popular plant... almost all Targets and Home Depots sell this plant for just a few $$. It is a slow plant, however, and best grown in very well draining soil and bright light... plants growing in shade tend to rot if watered too much, especially if watered excessively in summer. This form of Euphorbia polygona is rarely spined... looks more like a white Euphorbia anoplia, in fact. Also does not get as fat as the non-white forms of E polygona. Still, it is quite frost resistant, with no damage I've noted when plants have been exposed down to 22F.


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

Rare form of Euphorbia and a very slow grower.