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Euphorbia - Trigona Purpurpea aka African Milk Tree

Euphorbia - Trigona Purpurpea aka African Milk Tree


Euphorbia Trigona 'Purpurpea', also known as Euphorbia trigona 'Rubra' or 'Royal Red', is an attractive succulent with stems and leaves flushed red to magenta. The stems are often greener for a lovely bi-colored look. They are with 3 to 4 ridges and V-shaped lighter patterns. Spines are reddish-brown, up to 0.2 inches (5 mm) long, and arranged in pairs on the ridges. Leaves grow between the two spines on each ridge.


Euphorbias are very easy to care for. These plants require a little pampering to become established, but once they are, they are self-sufficient. In fact, more die from too much care and watering than from neglect. Euphorbias need well-draining soil and lots of sunlight. They are not particular about soil pH but cannot tolerate wet soil. Unlike most succulents, Euphorbia does not handle long periods of drought well. It may need weekly watering during the summer. Water whenever the soil is dry several inches below the surface. Water deeply, but don't let them sit in wet soil, which can cause root rot. Add some organic matter or fertilizer to the planting hole. Feed with a half-strength fertilizer monthly if you grow them in containers or your soil is poor.


As it is a Euphorbia, care must be taken when handling these plants. White sap emerges from leaf breaks, and this sap is poisonous.



* Picture and information intended only as a guide. Size and colours of plants will vary, not any 1 plant is exactly the same and minor variations will occur.


** All plants will be posted bare rooted.

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