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African Milk Tree

SCENTIFIC NAME: Euphorbia trigona 'Rubra'

KNOWN AS: African Milk Bush, Cathedral Cactus, Abyssinian Euphorbia, High Chaparral, Friendship Cactus

CLIMATE (LOCATION): West Africa | Tropical Savannah

DESCRIPTION: This plant is very unique. The central stem and clusters of "arms" make it look like a tree. Each stem has leaves that stick out and look like they came from an aquatic creature or alien. This particular variety also has a tinge of red!

African Milk Tree Care

Watering
Water your soil deeply but allow the top half to dry out between waterings. Reduce how often you water in winter or in lower light conditions.
Lighting
African Milk Trees need a lot of light to stay healthy. They like bright indirect light, but they also need some direct sunlight.
Humidity
Your African Milk Tree will not be bothered by high humidity. However, you should mist them occasionally to remove dust from their leaves.
Temperature
This plant can live in different temperatures, but it prefers warm temperatures. If it's cold or drafty, the snake might complain.
Toxicity
African Milk Trees are mildly poisonous to both pets and humans. Ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting. Some people experience skin irritation when handling the sap.
Propagation
To propagate an African Milk Tree, you can take stem cuttings. Rinse or wipe off the sap. To lessen the chance of rot, let the cutting callus over first. You can then pot up in a fast draining potting mix and soon you should see new buds forming!
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African Milk Tree Lighting Requirements: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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