• Known as: Variegated Elkhorn, Coral Cactus, Crested Elkhorn, Crested Candelabra Plant, Crested Euphorbia
  • Place of origin: Nursery produced cultivars
  • Description: Grows to 5/6 m tall, with fan-shaped, crested branches, forming a snaky ridge or crowded cluster. This plant is not really a cactus, but two succulent plants joined together.  Fan-shaped Eurphorbia lactea is typically grafted on top of a Euphorbia neriifolia or a cactus root stock. The showy crest resembles coral and is the result of a rare mutation in Euphorbia lacteal.  Cultivars range in colour from white to yellow, pink, coralred, violet and green.
  • Grow best: Prefers full to partial light.  Likes porous soil with adequate drainage. Dry out between watering. Variegated forms are difficult to grow as propagation requires professional grafting skills.
  • Use: For rockeries, patios and landscaping.


Note:  All parts of the plant are poisonous, and its white sap or latex can irritate skin, eyes and mucous membranes. So it's best to place this plant out of the reach of small children.