Euphorbia obesa


Euphorbia obesa is a rare and sought after euphorbia specie that will grow well indoors. As it matures, the ball-like shape will stretch to oblong and harden along the ridge lines. Mature obesa are coveted for their unique appearance and markings. Though fairly common in cultivation, unsustainable harvesting has pushed this species to near extinction. As a result, legislation has been enacted to protect the remaining population. Nursery and botanic gardens have been growing this species en masse to mitigate the amount of harvesting of this plant in the wild and further protect native plants. We only source plants from growers who have collected seeds legally and adhere to CITES regulations.

Please note: Every plant will vary in size, color and shape from the one pictured. Plant ships bare root. Soil included according to plant size.

Originating in Central Africa, Euphorbia obesa is a cactus-like plant bearing a main upright stem with several smaller branches.


Euphorbia plants do best in full sun, at least 5 to 8 hours a day. Avoid intense afternoon sun. Grow outdoors in light shade or indoors in a sunny window with southern exposure and direct sun.


Native to arid and sub-tropical climates Euphorbia obesa are drought tolerant plants. Their soil should be allowed to dry out entirely before watering thoroughly. During the winter when the plant is dormant, water less frequently. Always check your local weather before watering indoor arid plants in winter. It is best to water if there is a stretch of sunshine in the forecast.

Tula's Tip

The baseball plant does not typically produce offsets, therefore seed is the most reliable way to propagate this species. Sow freshly harvested seeds in a gitty, well-drained mix. Keep soil moist and provide ample humidity to encourage germination and seedling growth. Fertilize: E. obesa do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength.


Small measures 3" diameter grow pot. Medium measures 4" diameter grow pot. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.



Delivery Method

Nationwide shipping, NYC delivery and pickup available. Delivered Bare root