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Euphorbia tirucalli, "Firestick Pencil Cactus"

$10 to $264

This unique looking succulent is native to Africa. It is not a true cactus, but a member of the Euphorbia family, related to a Poinsettia. All parts of this plant are extremely toxic.



This plant can adapt to part sun, but some direct sun is beneficial and often enhances the color of some varieties. 


This plant is very drought tolerant, especially in the winter. Spring and summer allow the top 50% of soil to dry between waterings, approximately every two to three weeks. Fall and winter allow the soil to dry completely, maybe once per month. Shriveled leaves indicate that the plant needs more water.


Spring and summer fertilizer 1x/month with a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength.


Prefers warmer temperatures in the 65-85 degree F range. Can tolerate temperatures to 50 degrees F in the winter if given very little water.


Very poisonous plant. The sap is extremely toxic.