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Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’


Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Common Name: Sticks on Fire

Growth Habit: A succulent plant, Sticks on Fire grows from 5’ – 8’ tall or more. This is much shorter than its relative Euphorbia tirucalli which is green and reaches up to 25’ tall.

Cultural Requirements: Originating from Africa, this plant prefers full sun, drought tolerant, but cannot tolerate temperatures much below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The striking red and coral colors become more vivid in the winter months if given plenty of sunshine.

Features/Uses: It makes a beautiful accent plant for border plantings, xeriscape landscapes, and good in containers. Note: Special care should be taken when handling this plant since the branches can snap easily releasing a white milky substance, or latex, that can irritate the skin. Do not get the latex it in your eyes. Some people may have allergic reactions.

Bloom Time: Spring, however the flowers are insignificant

Where in the Garden: Undersea Succulent Garden

Photos: Rachel Cobb