plants

Ian

£38.00

Cactus Euphorbia

Candelabra Tree; Cactus Euphorbia; Cactus Spurge

Why we love Ian

He’s the perfect plant for anyone who wants great looks and very little effort. He really couldn’t be less hassle.

Bright light
Easy care
The patch promise

He can get dusty, which isn’t good for him, so clean him when needed. Use a soft brush so you don’t have to get near those spikes.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Cactus euphorbia

Nickname

Candelabra tree; Cactus euphorbia; Cactus spurge

Plant type

Cactus, indoor

Air purifying

No

Plant height (including pot)

40-50cm; 80-90cm

Pet/baby safe

Sap highly toxic on skin or if ingested

Nursery pot size

20cm; 24cm

About cactus euphorbia

The cactus euphorbia looks like the quintessential cactus, although it’s technically not one (it grows very very tiny leaves, which cacti do not). It’s native to Southern Africa, where it stands out in the dry scrublands, basking in the blazing sun. As it grows, sometimes almost ten metres tall, its trunk becomes woody. Eventually, it becomes a strange, bulbous tree. Often it will flower and grow round, red fruit.

As a houseplant it won’t become a tree, or grow flowers and fruit (we don’t have the necessary conditions). It will remain a tall, handsome plant that deals very well with living inside. When caring for it, think desert: Lots and lots of light; not a lot of water. 

Did you know?

The milky latex inside it is poisonous, but some indigenous groups in Africa have learned how to turn it into a medicine for a variety of ailments.