Synonyms of Euphorbia tirucalli (10) (Updated on 1-23-21): Arthrothamnus tirucalli (L.) Klotzsch & Garcke, Euphorbia geayi Costantin & Gallaud, Euphorbia laro Drake, Euphorbia media N.E.Br., Euphorbia rhipsaloides Lem., Euphorbia scoparia N.E.Br., Euphorbia suareziana Croizat, Euphorbia viminalis Mill., Tirucalia indica Raf., Tirucalia tirucalli (L.) P.V.Heath
Euphorbia tirucalli L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this strange species of Euphorbia. Both the genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 1,990 species in the Euphorbia genus (as of 1-23-21 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the plant family Euphorbiaceae with 227 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
This is my other Euphorbia tirucalli called ‘Rosea’. It was given to me by the owner of Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi in May 2012. The cultivar name is ‘Firesticks’ and the newer upper growth will turn a reddish color if given more sun.
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I was really surprised how fast this plant grew.
There are a lot of horror stories about this plant online. It secretes a sappy latex when the stems are cut that is very dangerous. SO, just make sure you use gloves and take precautions.
<<<<NOW IN MISSOURI>>>>
After I sold the mansion in Leland, Mississippi, my dad asked me to move back to the family farm in mid-Missouri. I had to give up most of my plants, well over 200 pots, but I took most of my succulents, Alocasia, and several others I didn’t want to part with. We made the move in February 2013. Most of the plants finished the remainder of the winter in the basement and I was surprised how well they handled it.
I had built several tables for the sunrooms and outside in Mississippi and I brought several with me. I reconstructed them and put them behind and next to one of dad’s sheds. This became MY SPOT for the succulents. This spot is a combination of light shade and sun and the succulents do really well here.
‘Rosea’ had this weird growth spurt on one side of the plant making it sort of lop-sided.
I know it looks strange but what can I say?
I am running out of words, so you’ll just have to look at the photos.
Back inside for the winter in the basement. Shortly after this photo was taken I made room for my succulents on a table in my bedroom. We were all anxiously waiting for spring!
I gave up most of my plants shortly after the above photo was taken now I am starting over again. Maybe someday I will find another Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’ to bring home.
In the right conditions, this plant can become very large. There are photos and information online.
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