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Euphorbia clandestina - Volstruisnek
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Euphorbia clandestine (Volstruisnek) - An erect columnar spineless succulent, usually with a single 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick stem but sometimes branching, to 2 feet tall with a loose spiral arrangement of knobby tubercules and topped with a tuft of narrow 1 to 1 3/4 long turquoise colored leaves that are strongly keeled and minutely hairy. The typically green stems can turn an attractive reddish hue in winter and in spring appear the small flowers with red tinged green bracts that form at the tip of the stems between the tubercules. Plant in most any soil in full sun (best) to light shade and irrigate little to occasionally. Hardy to 25 F with ability to handle short duration temperatures down to at least 20 F. A nice landscape plant that is hardy and very easy to grow. Older plants need support or can be allowed to topple and run a bit along the ground. It will often set seed (even in heavy soils) and young new plants are easy to transplant. This plant is endemic to the southern Cape area of South Africa from Swellendam in the west to Uniondale in the east where it is most often found growing on rocky hills among low shrubs that help support this plant. Hermann Jacobsen listed the following localities in the Cape Province: Swellendam Div.: Hessaquas Kloof; Bonnievale; Riversdale Div.: Plattebosch; Mosselbay Div.: Great Brak River; Oudthoorn Div.: 20 km east of Oudtshoorn; Uniondale Div.; between Uniondale and Avontuur. The common name Afrikaner name of 'Volstruisnek' literally means the "neck of an ostrich", alluding to the erect, warty and cylindrical stem. The specific epithet 'clandestina', is a Latin word meaning meaning "hidden' is in reference to the sessile cyathia (flower structure) that is obscured by the leaves.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Euphorbia clandestina.
 
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