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Care of the plant Euphorbia lambii or Tree Euphorbia.

Care of the plant Euphorbia lambii or Tree Euphorbia

The genus Euphorbia, family Euphorbiaceae, includes some 7,000 species of cactus, herbaceous and shrub plants of cosmopolitan distribution. Some shrub species are: Euphorbia lambii, Euphorbia piscatoriaEuphorbia regis-jubae, Euphorbia umbellata, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Euphorbia milii, Euphorbia characias,  Euphorbia dendroides, Euphorbia rigida, Euphorbia leucocephala, Euphorbia anachoreta, Euphorbia tithymaloides.

Common name: Tree Euphorbia. Scientific synonym: Euphorbia bourgeana. This species is native to Tenerife and La Gomera (Canary Islands).

They are succulent shrubs with thick stems and a rounded habit that reach 2 meters in height. The yellowish-green or bluish-green lanceolate leaves are arranged in rosettes at the end of the branches. The small flowers have showy yellow bracts. They bloom in winter and spring.

They are used in rockeries, on dry and sunny slopes, as isolated specimens and in bushy groups. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Euphorbia lambii prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade. It resists light frosts up to -3 ºC.

The soil can be a normal garden soil with 30% coarse sand and a little organic matter; it is very important that the drainage is excellent.

Always water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry completely; They resist drought well.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to intense frost and excess watering.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring and by cuttings; care must be taken with the irritating latex produced by these plants.

 

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