Euphorbia loricata growing shrub succulent of the genus Euphorbia also known as Euphorbia armata, Euphorbia loricata perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant and can be short time drought tolerant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, desert, dry tropics climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Stem color green and flashy, the stems erect and the top leaves grow.
Leaves color green in linear shape, some cultivars there is spines next to each leaf (can be less) and other not at all.
Flower color yellow, green or both, with four petals in inner and two outer, flowers grow in the top of the stems.
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Requirements for Euphorbia loricata growing and care:
Well drained soil, windless area
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – sowing in the spring to summer in sunny location keep the soil lightly moist, better to use sandy soil or something with good drainage also not too much hard soil / Vegetative reproduction – cutting start by cut peace of the stem better with top of the stems and let it heal for 2 weeks (might be more) after this plant it with support in shady location, after a while expose it slowly to sun.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start from plants
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spines, poisonous and can cause skin irritation
Spring / Summer / Autumn in hardiness zone 11b+, colder the area better to plant in the spring in order that the plant will establish until the winter
Pests and diseases:
All year, but better not in the winter in hardiness zone of 10
How to prune:
Dead part, better not to cut unless, need to make more stems that will make the plant more crowded.
Size of the plant?
0.5-1 m, 20-40 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing – in right condition after establish need to plant / Slow growing – might be if condition it’s not right or grow it in hardiness zone 10-11a and after the winter the plants preform not well
Small amount of water, let the soil dry between watering and do not over water it will kill the plant
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade with light
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Yes, but not easy the plant require big amount of light, not sure that it will be in enough in each location
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, important to choose container that will be stable enough to the size of the plant that the plant won’t fall, need to choose non organic material soil like: lava grit and clay, to add small amount of peat and organic matter, once in a year to put organic material on the plant
General information about the flower:
Yellow-green flower, with four petals in inner and two outer.