Euphorbia antisyphilitica

1 Gallon $10.80

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Euphorbia antisyphilitica

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Euphorbia antisyphilitica "Candelilla"
  • Common Names:  
    Candelilla, Wax Plant
  • Family:  
    Euphorbiaceae
  • Origin:  
    Euphorbia antisyphilitica is native to the Trans-Pecos of Texas and southern New Mexico in the United States as well as Chihuahua, Coahuila, Hidalgo, and Querétaro in Mexico.
  • Size Label:  
    1 Gallon
  • Height:  
    1-3’
  • Width:  
    1-3’
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    10 to 15°F, -12.2 to -8.4°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Extreme heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to light shade and can take reflected light as well
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant, needs no irrigation and can survive on rainfall in the Southwest
  • Maintenance:  
    None
  • Uses:  
    This plant is a good choice for dry median strips and neglected xeriscape gardens as it can survive on rainfall alone in the southwestern United States. Its unique vertical leafless growth habit makes it interesting in succulent and cactus gardens and a nice contrast against a wall. This euphorbia is tolerant of alkaline soils and makes a trouble free low-maintenance container plant as well.
  • Propagation:  
    Easily propagated by root divisions
  • Problems:  
    None
  • Special notes:  
    An interesting upright perennial shrub that has densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that are covered in gray wax to prevent transpiration. The flowers are pink in color and very small but still manage to attract butterflies. The white sap of E. antisyphilitica was historically used in Mexico to treat sexually-transmitted diseases. Like most Euphorbias, this sap can also be irritating to the skin. Candelilla wax from the plant was harvested commercially beginning in the early twentieth century, with demand greatly increasing during World Wars I and II.