This is an interesting fast-growing succulent with an openly branched structure and a few small leaves which drop in hot dry temperatures. It has a woody base that gives rise to pencil-thin gray-green stems. From winter through late spring It is covered in small branched fragrant white to cerise flowers heads which resemble baby’s breath or yarrow. They are actually grouped cyathia, the bract like flower structures common to the Euphorbia genus.
Like several other Baja natives, it tends to grow whenever sufficient water is available and remains dormant when it is not. Wear googles and skin protection when pruning as white sap is irritating to some people. Although it is frost sensitive it recovers quickly if roots are not killed.
A nice pretty background plant for xeriscape, cactus and succulent gardens. It spreads by underground stems so give it space. It can be kept smaller in a container. Also a good plant for dry slopes
Names and Synonyms: Euphorbia xanti
Common Names: Baja Spruce, White Spurge
Origin: Euphorbia xanti is native to sea bluffs, dunes, rocky washes and slopes in central to southern Baja California
Width: 2-3′, but spreading by rhizomes to form larger stands
Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Full sun to light dappled shade
Water needs: Very drought tolerant but can take irrigation
Maintenance: Carefully prune plants/stands as needed
Uses: A nice pretty background plant for xeriscape, cactus and succulent gardens. It spreads by underground stems so give it space. It can be kept smaller in a container. Also a good plant for dry slopes.
Propagation: Can be propagated by seed or stem cuttings.
Turner, Raymond M.; Bowers, Janice E.; Burgess, Tony L. Sonoran Desert Plants: An Ecological Atlas, pp. 208-209. Tucson, 1995.
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