The African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona), despite its name, is not a tree but a succulent. Recognized for its striking shape and sharp spines, this plant can reach several feet in height. The name "milk tree" comes from the plant's milky sap, which should be handled with care as it is toxic and can cause skin irritation.
Where do I come from?
I am native to Central Africa.
Prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but prolonged exposure can cause sunburn.
Water when the top inch of the soil feels dry. During its active growth in spring and summer, watering can be slightly more frequent. Reduce watering during the dormant winter period.
Ensure the pot has proper drainage to prevent waterlogged conditions, which can lead to root rot.
Adapts well to average home humidity. No special requirements needed.
Am I pet friendly?
The plant's milky sap is toxic and can cause skin irritation. Handle with care, especially when trimming or repotting. Keep away from pets and children.
What size am I?
I am in a 19cm pot & approx 85cm tall.