Euphorbia trapifolia

May 9, 2011

Ever, my colleague and plant buddy, gave me a cutting of Euphorbia trapifolia last May 2011. I must admit that I was not attracted with it. Still, I potted it with a sandy-loam soil and gave it a spot a semi-shady area.

so pretty this year

After two weeks,  it produced an offshoot. I transferred this plant (with its offshoot)  in my upper garden where it’s exposed to partial shade in the morning and sunlight in the afternoon. It also gets occasional rain during the wet season.

So far, the plant’s growth is moderate and it looks like an elongated Mammillaria cactus with all that tubercles on its stems. (The stems are around 2-3 cm in diameter.) It started out with 6 fleshy leaves; now, most of the tubercles have cuneate leaves with wavy-like indentations at the tip. Presently, my Euphorbia trapifolia is about 6 inches tall; the offshoot is about 2 inches. How tall would it be when it reaches its maximum growth?…that I still have to find out…

pink-tipped inflorescence


Some people call this Monstera because of its weird form, but the Euphorbia lactea variegata cristata picture above is in its normal form; a much-branched shrub that is presently 3 feet tall (6 1/2 feet is its known maximum growth) with 3 04 4 angled, dark green stems with a paler band in the center.


The Ugly Pretty Euphorbia

Euphorbia lactea variegata cristata may look like it has undergone a mutation but really this is just one of its crested forms.


Euphorbia milli

Euphorbia milli, (also known as the Crown of Thorns) is often seen in every garden here in my hometown despite its reputation for having a poisonous sap. The one in the photograph has red flowers and is known as Euphorbia milli var. splendens.