Euphorbia trigona 'Rubra' 5.5cm
Euphorbia trigona f. rubra hort. - Ευφορβία
It is a perennial succulent plant with erect green stems, that have up to 4 ribs each.
At the apex of the ribs it has small coupled rigid spines; green elliptical leaves sprout from each pair of these spines.
E. trigona is an easy-to-grow plant, thus perfect even for beginners.
It makes a fascinating architectural addition to room designs, with it's upright stems and ridges of short-lived leaves and thorns.
Also known as the African milk tree because of the milky sap contained in the stems it makes an urban style statement but is best avoided around children and pets.
- It requires a lot of light throughout the year, however, avoid direct sunlight especially during the hottest hours of the day.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 8 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately but only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, reduce watering to once every two months in autumn, and to suspend it completely in winter.
- The perfect soil is a highly draining and porous one, for example a mixture of peat and pumice so that it does not stagnate the water.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.