Succulents

Euphorbia

Euphorbia plant

A genus of succulent and semi-fatty plants very large and with many different varieties, the Euphorbia plant to grow, is characterized by different colored inflorescences. Native to the African and American continent, it easily adapts to temperate climates, in places where the temperature, during the winter season, does not drop below ten degrees. According to the different species they can be herbaceous, shrubby, climbing plants and also cultivated as sapling. The euphorbia plant is known for the abundant flowering that characterizes the different species, the inflorescences are called cyathia and can be of different colors, yellow, pink and red. Some varieties resemble cacti and have long spines,

Euphorbia lactea crestata


The species that comprise the genus of the Euphorbiaceae family differ from each other in size and characteristics. The Euphorbia lactea crestata, for example, is characterized by its crested fan shape, which is decidedly particular aesthetically. Native to India, it is a succulent plant with small and short black spines. It does not survive temperatures below ten degrees and must be protected from cold winter currents. The ideal exposure is bright but not direct, especially in summer. Irrigation and fertilizations must be suspended during the cold season, in spring just water once a month while they must be more frequent and regular during the summer. If grown under favorable conditions they can grow and develop both in height and in width.

Euphorbia succulents


Among the most widespread Euphorbia succulents used for ornamental purposes is Euphorbia milii. Originally from South Africa, it is recognizable for the production of characteristic inflorescences, available in different color tones. The habit is shrubby, from the succulent stem numerous branches develop, with thorns and compact foliage. They do not require much attention and cultivation is simple if they are placed in sheltered contexts, with mild temperatures. Another variety of this genus of succulents is Euphorbia cyparissias more commonly known as Cypress Euphorbia. The habit is herbaceous and the small flowers are yellow, grouped in the shape of an umbrella. They are characterized by the ciazio cup of sparkling wine which does not exceed ten millimeters in diameter.

Euphorbia caput-medusae


From the original and particular shapes is the species of Euphorbia caput-medusae also known as the head of Medusa. Born and grows spontaneously in South Africa, it is a succulent plant suitable for growing in impervious conditions and in steep or rocky soils. It has a clump-like habit, the branches are semi-crawling, totally devoid of thorns. The central body of the plant is flattened, the numerous branches that unravel recall the crawling shapes of snakes. During the summer season it enters the flowering period, producing small inflorescences at the end of the single branches. The root system is large, if they are grown in favorable environmental conditions the diameter of the plant can reach the size of one meter. It fears temperatures below fifteen degrees and loves direct sunlight.

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