African milk barrel Euphorbia horrida

African milk barrel


E. horrida is a cactus-like shrub with erect, ridged stems bearing long spines and solitary green flowers

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      African milk barrel

  • skullToxicity

    All parts are highly toxic by ingestion, sap may irritate skin and eyes. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      1-1.5 metres

    • Spread

      0.1-0.5 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun

  • scissorsPruning

    No pruning required

  • bambooSoil

    Sand, SoilLoam

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagate by seed sown at 15 - 18°C in early spring or stem in spring or early summer. Separate offsets in spring

  • insectPests

    May be attacked by mealybugs

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally disease free