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Euphorbia resinifera - Moroccan Mound

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Origin: Morocco (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Euphorbia resinifera (Moroccan Mound) - A mounding succulent to 1 to 2 feet tall by 4 to 6 feet wide with upright pale blue-green leafless 4-sided column-like stems that have brown spines on the margins and near the rounded tip that also bear small yellow flowers late winter to early spring. The stems are crowded together tightly to form a solid mass. Plant in a draining soil - even clay if on a slope in full sun or with afternoon shade in desert gardens. Irrigate occasionally to little in coastal gardens, a bit more inland spring through summer. Hardy to 20F. This easy-to-grow and hardy succulent plant is native to Morocco, where it occurs on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains. It has been grown in California gardens for many years with older clumps forming masses that cover many square feet. Evidence of its long cultivation here is its listing in "Cacti and Other Succulents: An Annotated List of Plants Cultivated in Santa Barbara" that was edited by Pearl Chase and published in 1930. Other common names include Officinal Spurge and Resin Spurge, owing to this plant being one of the oldest documented medicinal plants with the extracted latex, called Euphorbium, being used for many purposes. The name Euphorbia was noted by Pliny the Elder as being a reference to Euphorbus, the physician of King Juba II of Numidia.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Euphorbia resinifera.