Euphorbia clavaroides
Euphorbia clavaroides
Euphorbias come from Africa, through the Middle East and from parts of Asia. Many of them are coveted by specialist collectors, though a few species are very common in cultivation. Euphorbias can take one of several growth forms, solitary or clumping, tall and tree-like or small and sprawling and with or without leaves. Indeed not all Euphorbias are succulent at all.

The splendid specimen of E. clavaroides pictured has won many top awards at National and other shows. The picture was taken at the BCSS Zone One Show at the Gateshead Garden Festival in 1990.

Care must be taken when handling Euphorbias, and in particular if taking cuttings, as the white sap they contain is usually very irritating to the skin, particular the more sensitive areas and can be highly toxic.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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