Euphorbia clandestina - 5 seeds

Euphorbia clandestina - 5 seeds

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Euphorbia clandestina, in Afrikaans the volstruisnek (ostrich neck), grows one erect columnar stem to heights of around 80 cm. Only rarely is a branched specimen found. The long narrow, finely hairy leaves, turquoise in colour and keeled in shape, appear only in the top section of new growth. Below this part the stem is covered in a neat geometric pattern, spirals of evenly protruding tubercles where earlier leaves have all dropped off. The small green and yellow flowers or cyathia more or less cover the available surface at the stem top among the leaves in winter or early spring. The green bracts around the cyathia will soon become yellow while green spherical, segmented fruits will emerge inside them later, replacing the flowers.

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Euphorbia clandestine (Volstruisnek) - An erect columnar spineless succulent, usually with a single 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick stem but sometimes branching, to 2 feet tall with a loose spiral arrangement of knobby tubercules and topped with a tuft of narrow 1 to 1 3/4 long turquoise colored leaves that are strongly keeled and minutely hairy. The typically green stems can turn an attractive reddish hue in winter and in spring appear the small flowers with red tinged green bracts that form at the tip of the stems between the tubercules. Plant in most any soil in full sun (best) to light shade and irrigate little to occasionally. Hardy to 25 °F with ability to handle short duration temperatures down to at least 20 °F. A nice landscape plant that is hardy and very easy to grow. Older plants need support or can be allowed to topple and run a bit along the ground. It will often set seed (even in heavy soils) and young new plants are easy to transplant.