Euphorbia stellata


Euphorbia stellata is a small geophytic species, both a caudiciform and medusoid Euphorbia. At one time named Euphorbia procumbens because of the flat two angled branches which lay flat on the ground. The caudex is frequently elevated in cultivation. Flowers bloom on the edges of the Euphorbia branches. Blooms are small, waxy and yellow in color.

Native to the eastern Cape Providence of South Africa. 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 stellata are drought tolerant plants. Their soil should be allowed to dry out entirely before watering thoroughly.

If the caudex starts to shrivel up, Fockea edulis is thirsty. Branch cuttings can be propagated and will form a caudex over time. These plants 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 during the grow season.