Euphorbia coerulescens

$15.00

A striking container plant in areas where there are strong freezes. Elsewhere it can be grown in the ground in cactus and succulent gardens.

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Euphorbia coerulescens

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A striking container plant in areas where there are strong freezes. Elsewhere Euphorbia coerulescens can be grown in the ground in well draining rocky soil in cactus and succulent gardens. It has a handsome, dense columnar habit.

As with most succulent and cacti cuttings the wound needs to have time to dry and callus over, then plant the cutting in loose, well draining cactus soil and give it time to root. Euphorbia coerulescens can also be propagated by seed. Euphorbia coerulescens is easily propagated from cuttings taken in late spring to early summer.

Euphorbia coerulescens is easy to grow in well drained soil with full sun. It forms a small, columnar, leafless shrub with sharp spines on the column edges. Stems are green to bluish green. It blooms with small yellow flowers called cymes at the branch tips. Euphorbia coerulescens slowly spreads from short underground stems. Fruits are tri-lobed and reddish in color.

The milky sap of this plant can be irritating to some people, especially be careful to keep it away from one’s face and eyes. It is used for animal fodder when cut into sections and allowed to dry.

Avoid very windy areas as stems bump into each other causing scaring.

Horticultural Data

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Names and Synonyms: Euphorbia virosa
Common Names: Sweet Noor, Sweet Noorsdoring, Blue Euphorbia
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa where it grows on rocky outcrops and northern slopes.
Size Label: 1-gallon
Height: 4-6′
Width: 2-3′
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Extreme heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Full sun to light shade inland. Plants grown is less light should be acclimated to full sun.
Water needs: Very drought tolerant but regular water during the growing season from March to September is helpful.
Maintenance: None
Uses: A striking container plant in areas where there are strong freezes. Elsewhere it can be grown in the ground in well draining rocky soil in cactus and succulent gardens. It has a handsome, dense columnar habit.
Propagation: It is easily propagated by cuttings taken in late spring to early summer. As with most succulent and cacti cuttings the wound needs to have time to dry and callus over, then plant the cutting in loose, well draining cactus soil and give it time to root. This plant can also be propagated by seed.
Problems: Avoid very windy areas as stems bump into each other causing scaring.
Special notes: This is easy to grow in well drained soil with full sun. It forms a small, columnar, leafless shrub with sharp spines on the column edges. Stems are green to bluish green. It blooms with small yellow flowers called cymes at the branch tips. The plant slowly spreads from short underground stems. Fruits are tri-lobed and reddish in color. The milky sap of this plant can be irritating to some people, especially be careful to keep it away from one’s face and eyes. This plant has been used for animal fodder when cut into sections and allowed to dry.
Research Links:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/62032/
http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/EUPHORBIA/Euphorbia_coerulescens/Euphorbia_coerulescens/Euphorbia_coerulescens.htm
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Euphorbiaceae/Euphorbia_coerulescens.html

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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