Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’

Posted on August 21st, 2010 by in General

Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata'At the OC Fair this year, we introduced a new plant into our selection. It has a ruffled crested top and it sits on a spiny cactus-like stick. It’s actually not a cactus at all as you may have been told, but a succulent. The latin name is Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ which may be found under a variety of common names including Brain Plant, Alabaster Swirl, and Elkhorn. This particular plant is grafted onto another (rootstock), more than likely Euphorbia neriifoli.

Cultural Care

The cultural requirements of Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ are similar to Plumerias. Euphorbias like warm weather, lots of sunlight, and require little water. They actively grow during the warmer months, usually from late spring through summer. They prefer an area where they can get bright sunlight, but may require filtered light in the hottest areas. Let the soil dry between waterings and no water is required during the winter months. At the most maybe one winter watering. When you do water, give it a good soaking. A porous, well draining soil is required. Since this is a grafted plant, remove any branches coming from the rootstock as they will rob the top part of the plant (scion) of nutrients and energy. Protect from frost.

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