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Care of the plant Euphorbia echinus or Euphorbia officinarum subs echinus.

Care of the plant Euphorbia echinus or Euphorbia officinarum subs echinus

The genus Euphorbia, family Euphorbiaceae, includes 2,000 species of succulents, trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants of cosmopolitan distribution. Some species are: Euphorbia echinus, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Euphorbia coerulescens, Euphorbia characias, Euphorbia candelabrum, Euphorbia canariensis, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Euphorbia resinifera, Euphorbia milii, Euphorbia tithymaloides, Euphorbia regis-jubae, Euphorbia royleana, Euphorbia trigona, Euphorbia bivonae, Euphorbia rigida, Euphorbia handiensis, Euphorbia balsamifera, Euphorbia leucocephala.

Scientific synonym: Euphorbia officinarum subs echinus. This species is native to Morocco.

They are thorny and succulent shrubs that form tight groups that reach 1 meter in height and 3 meters in width. The stems are bright green. They have 6 angles on the stem with red or gray spines that grow closely together in pairs. The flowers are small and not very decorative.

They are used to form groups in the garden, in rockery and in pots for patios and terraces, as indoor and greenhouse plants.

The Euphorbia echinus needs exposure to full sun or semi-shade and warm temperatures (15-30 ºC).

The soil can be a garden substrate with a bit of manure and coarse sand.

Water only when the substrate is dry. They are drought resistant plants.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by cuttings; be careful with irritating latex.

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