Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' (Crested Elkhorn)
Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' is a slow-growing succulent composed of fan-shaped branches arranged in an alternating, undulating pattern…
Crested Euphorbia Plant Features
If you're looking for a unique, but easy-to-grow houseplant, check out crested euphorbia. If you think crested euphorbia looks like two plants in one, you're right: The silvery-gray crest is one plant grafted on another. Its unique shape makes it a standout living room plant or indoor office plant.
Crested euphorbia looks fabulous on its own, but also pairs beautifully with other cacti and succulents, so it's perfect for creating a textural collection of easy-care desert plants.
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Crested Euphorbia Growing Instructions
Crested euphorbia is simple to grow: Keep it in a spot that receives lots of light and relatively warm temperatures. It can take a lot of direct sun indoors, even in hot-summer climates.
Because it's actually a succulent, crested euphorbia is a low-water houseplant and needs infrequent watering (typically once every couple of weeks or so). Take care not to overwater this easy houseplant if the green rootstalk on the bottom rots, the top will get too heavy and collapse. If you're in doubt about whether to water, it's better to keep crested euphorbia a little too dry than too wet.
Crested euphorbia is often grown with a mulch of rocks glued together. Get tips for caring for plants with pebble mulch here.
Note: This plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
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Euphorbia Lactea (Dragon Bones Tree): Types, How to Grow and Care
If you’re looking to plant a succulent shrub that will stand out against the rest, the euphorbia lactea may be a good option as long as you live in a warm enough climate.
The euphorbia lactea is a tropical plant that looks like a cactus, creating a neat landscaping effect around your home. This plant can also be a good houseplant under the right conditions.
The euphorbia lactea goes by a lot of different names: mottled spurge, dragon bones, dragon bones tree, candelabra spurge, candelabra cactus, crested cactus, candlestick tree, false cactus, hat rack cactus, mottled candlestick, milk stripe euphorbia, and frilled fan. Euphorbia lactea is simply this plant’s scientific name.
This plant is a part of the Euphorbiaceae plant family which is commonly referred to as the spurge family and is a member of the Euphorbia genus and Euphorbiaceae family.
- The Crested Euphorbia plant needs about four hours of direct sunlight every day.
- You should not expose this plant to direct light when the sun is at its brightest.
- These plants only need to be watered once or twice in the spring and summer months.
- You can water this plant just once a month in the fall and winter months.
- Make sure that this plant is kept in a cactus potting mix.
- This plant does best when kept at a steady temperature between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Check to see if the roots of the plant are tangled before repotting it.
- If you do repot this plant, make sure that you add a little more soil and put it in a slightly larger container.
- It is not common for this plant to flower, but its flowers are bright and beautiful.
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