Our favourite not-actually-a-cactus cactus. The Euphorbia trigona, or African Milk Tree, is a succulent grown in Central and Southern Africa. Its thick stems are lined with small spikes and overhanging leaves, in a deep maroon colour.
My stems have three wing-like angles and carry short, sharp spines as well as leaves. Given the right conditions I can grow into an impressive tree.
The Rubra variety is known for its contrasting deep green stems and red leaves. The colour contrast makes it a beautiful feature plant to have all year round and a nice nod to Christmas.
As a succulent, this plant will need very little watering, especially during winter, and likes a bright spot.
Euphorbia sap contains highly toxic latex, so make sure to wash your hands immediately, if you come into contact with it.
African Milk Tree Care Guide
I like a lot of light, and will happily sit in direct sun, unlike a lot of other varieties.
I can't take too much moisture, so wait until my soil is completely dry before watering me.
I don't like the cold and should be kept above 13°C.
Give me some feed once or twice during the warmer months. An all-purpose, or succulent-specific fertilizer will do the trick.
I don't need any pruning, but would like the occasional dust to maintain the beauty of my ruby leaves.
As a tree, I can live for a very a long time so take good care of me.
African Milk Tree General Information
I am native to West Africa.
won't grow too quickly, but I am capable of becoming as tall as nine feet!