Euphorbia duseimata – Succulent plant

Euphorbia duseimata (Ragged Spurge) is an evergreen, ornamental dwarf perennial succulent plant that grows up to 12 inches in height. The rootstock tuberous are often greatly elongated and stems 1–3, occasionally more, produced underground, branches six to nine, in clusters from each stem apex, produced at about ground level, cylindric and covered in small tubercules, rebranching on older plants and eventually forming rounded clumps. The leaves are linear, fleshy, crowded towards the branch tips. The cyathia produced towards the branch tips on non-persistent peduncles, bracts three to eight, obovate-oblong, scale-like, deciduous. The flowers are greenish-white often spotted with red. The seeds are ovoid with truncate base and pointed apex, with scarcely prominent warts, greyish-brown.

The milky sap of this plant is poisonous and can cause skin irritations. Therefore Euphorbia duseimata should be handled with caution and kept away from children and pets.

Scientific classification

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. duseimata
Scientific Name: Euphorbia duseimata
Common Name: Ragged Spurge

Euphorbia duseimata

How to care and grow Euphorbia duseimata (Ragged Spurge)?

Light

It prefers full to partial sunlight. Provide good sunlight at least 3-5 hours of the day, and turn it in regularly so that your plant doesn’t begin to grow lopsided.

Soil

It grows well in well-draining, gritty soils, or cactus potting mix. They are not particular about soil pH, but they cannot tolerate wet soil.

Water

Water regularly during the growing season. You can allow the soil to dry out between each watering. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the roots. Keep almost completely dry in winter. Do not water too often to prevent over watering, which can potentially kill it off.

Temperature

It prefers an optimal temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 16 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius.

Fertilizer

Fertilize every two weeks with a diluted balanced liquid fertilizer during its growing season in the spring and summer. Avoid fertilizing your plant during the fall and winter months.

Propagation

Euphorbia duseimata can be easily propagated by seed and cuttings. Take cutting in spring, which needs to be dried out for a couple of weeks in shade before potting. This can be tricky, because of the exuding sap. Rooting hormone is recommended with Euphorbias.

Pests and Diseases

Euphorbia may be susceptible to mealy bugs, scale insects, occasionally spider mites.

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