Euphorbia polyacantha is part of the Euphorbiaceae family and is native to Ethiopia, Sudan and Erithraea. It is a spiny bush and in its natural habitat will grow on the sides of mountains in hot valleys. Growth is typically without a clear trunk, instead it is made up of numerous densely erect branches. The flowers (cyathia) are yellow in colour and grow exactly between the spine pairs.


Pot: 8.5cm diameter

Height: Approximately 18cm from base of pot.

Ceramic pot not included.


Secrets to success


Temperature: 20-28˚C and can tolerate spells of 10˚C.


Light: Full sun.


Watering: Water when dry, allowing to completely dry out before watering again. Do not water in winter as the plant wille nter a period of dormancy. 


Air humidity: Low humidity.


Potting mix: Very well draining, add perlite or pumice to the mix.


Fertilising: Feed once per month during the growing season.


This plant is toxic, latex sap causes severe skin irritation & eye pain, including temporary blindness that can last several days. All parts are highly toxic, possibly fatal, if ingested.

Euphorbia polyacantha