Euphorbia resinifera

resin spurge
Clumping, cactus-like growth produces broad, blue-green mounds. Spring chartreuse flowers contrast with dark thorns. Moroccan plant is well adapted to California.
Euphorbia resiniferaEuphorbia resiniferaEuphorbia resinifera
height 1–2ft
width 3–6ft
tolerates Cold, Drought, Deer , Gophers, Heat, Pots, Rooftops, Neglect, Wind
This euphorbia is from Moroccan desert and as such likes to go totally bone dry between waterings, making it very low-maintenance.

This Euphorbia comes from a Mediterranean area with winter rainfall and is actively growing during that time, when it is forgiving of overwatering errors. During summer dormancy it should be kept extra dry and will be intolerant of overwatering unless the drainage is very sharp.

Remember that if kept in a small pot your plant will want more frequent watering.
exposure Part Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Morocco
8, 9, 13–23

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Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

If grown in a pot let the plant grow to the edges of the pot and then repot it. Be careful of growing in shallow pots long term, as the succulent roots can plug the hole stopping drainage. You can check the bottom of the pot in the fall to make sure roots aren’t coming out of the pot, and repot at that time if they are.
Take care when pruning, as euphorbias have toxic sap that can cause a skin rash or damage to the eyes (make sure to rinse repeatedly with water if sap gets on your skin or in your eyes).
Very hard to grow from cuttings.

Special Interest

Excellent home defense plant, that will make an impenetrable mass when planted every two to three feet.

These plants are often confused with columnar cactus because, through convergent evolution, they have adapted into a similar form. However, euphorbias are not closely related to cactus. In fact they’re more closely related to the holiday poinsettia. Some notable differences are euphorbia’s latex sap, insignificant flowers, tiny little leaves when in growth, and thorns instead of spines to protect themselves.

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This euphorbia also makes a good houseplant and transitions easily to a warm sunny room.