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Where it grows

Euphorbia stellata is native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, between Port Elizabeth and King William’s Town.

Special features

In nature, these plants form a large underground stem caudex, and only the branches protrude above the ground. In collections it is often grown with the attractive tuberous caudex sticking out above the soil, giving the plant a ‘fat bonsai’ appearance. The branches are dark green, and like many other Euphorbia, have spatters of white markings criss-crossing them. The branches also have twin red or black spines growing from the nodes on the leaf edges.

Care guide

Euphorbia stellata prefers being watered in spring and summer and kept dry in the colder winter months. Do not let winter sit on the caudex or stems, and make sure that the soil drains well to avoid root rot. The soil medium should allow water to flow freely through the pot and not let water gather around the root system. These plants enjoy full sun but can tolerate some shade.

Growing season

Spring and summer.

Propagation

Seeds.

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Product FAQS

In our experience, the best time to repot a succulent is in the beginning of the growing season.

A plant with thick, fleshy tissue, designed for storing water over long periods of time.

A caudiciform is a plant that has a caudex which is a swollen stem or root stock. Eg. Baobab.

If it's only one or two bugs, try to remove them by hand. Alternatively, spray with a pesticide or water with a systemic pesticide. We recommend RoseCare3 or RoseCarePlus, as both these are a combination pesticide and fungicide, which means they prevent insect pests and treat fungal infections.

Succulents do like fertiliser. The general rule of thumb is to fertilise in the growing season. Succulents are quite sensitive, so in our experience halving the recommended dose of general plant fertilizers works well. If it is a fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents and cacti, use the full recommended dose.

Succulents like heavy watering in the growing season, but do need to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.

Some caudiciform species prefer full sun, while others prefer shade. It depends on the environment in which they occur naturally.

No, because they are made up of mostly water, they are prone to frostbite.

It is best not to do so. This could stress the plant or burn it. Slowly introduce them by giving them a little bit more exposure each day.

It depends on the amount of sun exposure the window receives. Some succulents will be happy, but the majority will not get enough sunlight to maintain the correct shape. Alternatively, if the window receives too much light, the plant will be burned, as the window will act like a magnifying glass.

Yes, some succulents are classified as Caudiciforms due to their swollen stems or root stock.

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