Euphorbia trigona (African Milk Tree)
Euphorbia trigona (African Milk Tree)
Euphorbia trigona (African Milk Tree)
Euphorbia trigona (African Milk Tree)

Euphorbia trigona (African Milk Tree)

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Size 4"

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  • Scientific Name:Euphorbia trigona
  • Common Names: African Milk Tree, Cathedral Cactus, Abyssinian Euphorbia
  • Native Region: Native to Central Africa, particularly in regions like Cameroon.

Light Requirements: Prefers bright, indirect light to full sun. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, which helps maintain its vibrant color and compact growth. However, gradual acclimation is necessary to avoid sunburn.

Water Requirements: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. During the growing season (spring and summer), water more frequently but still allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering in the fall and winter when growth slows. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Soil Preference: Prefers well-draining, sandy or cactus potting mix. Adding perlite or coarse sand to regular potting soil can improve drainage and prevent waterlogging.

Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing in the fall and winter.

Hardiness Zone: Suitable for outdoor cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11. In cooler climates, it should be grown as a houseplant or moved indoors during the winter months.

Pet Safety: Toxic to cats, dogs, and humans if ingested. The plant’s sap is a skin and eye irritant and can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Handle with care and keep out of reach of pets and children.

Additional Care Tips: Remove damaged or overgrown stems. Wear gloves when pruning to avoid contact with the sap, which is irritating to the skin. Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound, typically in the spring. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent water accumulation.