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Euphorbia lactea, Candelabra Plant, Elkhorn

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Euphorbia lactea cristata
 Euphorbia lactea
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Candelabra Plant, Elkhorn
Origin: India
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunDry conditionsIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Thorny or spiny

Euphorbia lactea is a cactus-like plant with 3 or 4 angled branches that are deeply scalloped with black spines. It is used medicinally in India as a hot jam to treat rheumatism. All plant parts are considered poisonous, especially the white, milky sap. It is irritating to the skin, eyes and mouth. Euphorbia lactea need full sun to partial shade with warm temperatures. We use a soil mix consisting of equal part of loam and sand. The plant should be allowed to dry thoroughly between waterings. In the winter months, water should be restricted to once over the winter. The most common failure in growing this plant is over-watering, especially during the winter months. Euphorbia lactea "Cristata" is an intricately monstrous form with fan-shaped crested branches forming a snaky ridge or crowded cluster. Crest form often needs in grafting.


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Lynn
Montgomery Village, Maryland
USDA Zone:5
20 Feb 2009
Hi,
I love this plant and purchased one about three weeks ago. I accidentally over-watered it and the top seemed to curl over...which was my first hint I had done something wrong! I drained all the water out of it, and have not watered it for the last three weeks. I also used chopsticks to prop the plant top up and I have been keeping it in sunny windows, moving it through the day so it has more hours of direct sun. I also moved the plant to my upstairs where it is warmer.
It is now standing up on its own, and I think it will live, my question is that the top looks very wrinkly, and I am wondering what it looks like when it NEEDS water, how will I know, what should I look for? Thanks for any help you can offer me!
Lynn
Jann
bozeman, MT
USDA Zone:Ari
5 Mar 2008
Hi, i just bought a cristata and i adore it. It's in a little pot about 5" in diameter. The plant itself is about 6" tall and 8" wide at its crest. Unlike many others, the crest is rather straight. Is there any way to encourage the random curving of the crest? Do they do this on their own? Is mine going to stay straight, or as it matures will it change? Also, I am noticing than many other plants of the same kind are very vibrant at the top edge, is there anyway to make mine more so? Thanks so much for your input.
Lydia Constatino
Philippines
18 Aug 2007
I have a euphorbia lactea cristata for more than 25 years now. It's about 5 feet and I must say it is a very beautiful plant. Anyone who owns one would say the same. And it's natural that there would stray a straight form in some branches and I only have to trim it. If left in a pot it wouldn't grow that big but once put on the ground and left on its own it would grow that wild!!!!!!!! Very nice to behold!!!!


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