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Care of the plant Euphorbia leucocephala or Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Care of the plant Euphorbia leucocephala or Snows of Kilimanjaro

The genus Euphorbia, family Euphorbiaceae, includes 2,000 species of succulents, trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants of cosmopolitan distribution. Some species are: Euphorbia leucocephala, Euphorbia lactea, Euphorbia ingens, Euphorbia inermis, Euphorbia horrida, Euphorbia heptagona, Euphorbia handiensis, Euphorbia grandicornis, Euphorbia flanaganii, Euphorbia enterophora, Euphorbia enopla, Euphorbia echinus, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Euphorbia coerulescens, Euphorbia characias, Euphorbia candelabrum, Euphorbia canariensis, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Euphorbia resinifera, Euphorbia milii, Euphorbia avasmontana, Euphorbia regis-jubae, Euphorbia royleana, Euphorbia trigona, Euphorbia bivonae, Euphorbia rigida, Euphorbia handiensis, Euphorbia balsamifera.

Common names: Snows of Kilimanjaro, White Christmas bush, Snow bush, White lace euphorbia. This species is native to Central America.

They are semi-woody shrubs with a rounded bearing that reach 3 meters in height. The leaves are evergreen, green and elliptical in shape. The white, star-shaped flowers appear in umbels surrounded by attractive white bracts (modified leaves). They bloom in fall and winter.

They are used to form informal hedges, in bushy groups, as isolated specimens and in large pots for terraces and patios. They are not recommended for gardens where there are children as they secrete an irritating latex if the branches break.

Euphorbia leucocephala needs full sun exposure; in semi-shade it produces fewer flowers. It's a tropical plant that does not resist frost.

The soil must be well drained and contain plenty of organic matter. Planting or transplanting is done after flowering.

Water frequently with little water (never flood) and wait 2-3 days with the substrate dry before watering again. They resist drought but not excess moisture.

Fertilize spring with compost and mineral fertilizer every 2 months during spring and summer.

Prune after flowering to maintain a rounded appearance.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by seeds or by cuttings.

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Euphorbia leucocephala
Euphorbia leucocephala
Euphorbia leucocephala
Euphorbia leucocephala
Euphorbia leucocephala
 

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