Monadenium guentheri

2 gallon

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Monadenium guentheri

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Monadenium heteropodum, Euphorbia guentheri
  • Common Names:  
    Sausage Spurge
  • Family:  
    Euphorbiaceae
  • Origin:  
    South East Kenya, Teita District Make Tan, not far from Buru Mountain. Usually found growing in open grass scrub.
  • Size Label:  
    2 gallon
  • Height:  
    1-2’
  • Width:  
    2-3’
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    35° to 40°F; -1.1° to 1.7°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high heat tolerance.
  • Light Requirement:  
    Part shade to full sun. Plants grown in shade should be gradually acclimated to full sun.
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant, but can take more water when actively growing.
  • Maintenance:  
    None
  • Uses:  
    Monadenium guentheri makes an interesting container plant. It does not take cool, wet conditions well and requires perfect drainage when grown in wet winter climates. Makes a great ‘Medusa Head’ when grown as a houseplant in the right container.
  • Propagation:  
    Propagation is easiest from cuttings. Allow them to callus over and then pot up in porous soil. Seeds resulting from cross-pollinated plants can also be collected and sown.
  • Problems:  
    This plant requires good drainage and prefers dry conditions when dormant, especially in winter. Cold, wet conditions will cause the plant to rot. Mealy bugs and scale insects can also be a problem, mostly a result of low light conditions.
  • Special notes:  
    Monadenium guentheri is a stout perennial succulent herb with long, cylindrical stems that carry prominent spine-tipped patterned tubercles and fleshy sickle-shaped deciduous leaves. A mature plant resembles a tangle of snakes. It is fairly fast growing and a good choice for beginning a Monadenium collection. In spring and summer, Monadenium guentheri has attractive smallish cyathia flowers (a red rim-like gland enclosed in two fused greenish-white bracts that have attractive purple mottling) which are followed by seedpods if properly cross-pollinated. When grown in containers any porous cactus soil will suffice, and Monadenium guentheri does not mind being root bound.