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Euphorbia bicompacta var. rubra - Green Form

(Syn.: Synadenium compactum var. rubrum, incorrectly as Synadenium grantii), African Milk Bush
Euphorbia bicompacta var. rubra (Green Form)



Code: 90341

Price: $14.95


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Family: Euphorbiaceae

This is a thornless semi-succulent shrub that is grown in tropical gardens for its large fleshy colorful leaves. The leaf color varies for different forms from green with red splotches to mostly reddish-purple with green spots. Plants offered here are of the green form. It's grown as a tropical looking ornamental and can be used as an informal hedge. Grows 6 to 15 feet high. Requires part to full sun and very good drainage. This drought resistant plant doesn't like to be overwatered. It's hardy to a light frost, but will probably drop its leaves. USDA zones 9 - 12. This native of Kenya is usually misnamed in the horticulture trade being confused with its rarely grown greener relative Synadenium grantii (now known as Euphorbia umbellata). Most of the synadeniums have been reclassified into the Euphorbia family.

Warning: When injured or pruned, it produces large amounts of white latex sap which is an extreme irritant and can cause dermatitis and eye injury. Don't grow it around small children or animals that might ingest it, as it is poisonous.

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Keyed Cultural Guide: The following symbols are listed with many product descriptions. If so, they indicate special characteristics or growing requirements. Also, see "Cultural Information".
(B) Hanging
basket
(D) Dwarf
under 12"
(F) Flourescent lights for
indoor light culture
(H) Humid
conditions
(M) Miniature
under 6"
(T) Terrarium
plant
(W) Winter
flowering


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