Euphorbia gottlebei, Euphorbia

Euphorbia gottlebei

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersThorny or spinyIrritating plant

Euphorbia gottlebei is a eye-catching, small shrub is native to Madagascar, and typically grows to be 2-5 ft tall. This plant is best grown in full sun and semi-shade, however it can also tolerate semi-shade. It requires warm temperatures and moderate water - with regular watering in the summer and not letting it dry out in the winter. It is especially well-suited for xeriscaping, or dry gardening, as it can tolerate drought quite easily. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall for optimal growth.

This beautiful shrub produces red, crimson or vinous flowers. Plant sap tends to irritate the skin, so take proper precautions when handling. The stems of the Euphorbia are spiked or thorny in nature, making it an excellent border plant or low hedge. It is best grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11.

Euphorbia is easy to grow and maintain, but there are certain things you should consider if you live in a cold region. If you are growing Euphorbia in a pot, it should be planted in a sheltered area in winter. To protect it further, mulch the area around the base of the stem to keep frost and snow away. If you experience extremely cold temperatures in winter, bring the pot indoors and find a sunny spot to place it in.

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