Euphorbia lugardiae

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Scientific Name
Euphorbia lugardiae (Euphorbus' plant, Lugard-Howard's variety)

This plant has changed its scientific name- it used to be known as Monadenium lugardiae. This species is named after Charlotte Eleanor Lugard-Howard, professional painter and plant collector

Common Name
Monadenium, Spurge

Native to South Africa

This Euphorbia's densely- spiked stems catch the eye thanks to their lush bright green colour, and the many directions their stems grow in. Adapted to desert environments, this cactus will be happy in a bright spot with only occasional waters. It will reward your care with stunning growth- just make sure you don't get too close and get spiked!


Euphorbia like bright light, and can cope with direct sun; because of the high level or variegation in this species, it needs to be in a bright window, preferably with direct sun for at least a few hours a day.


This cactus cannot cope well with having constantly-moist soil, so make sure it dries out totally between waters. If your plant is in a position with less direct light, be extra careful not to overwater it!

This cactus is adapted to arid (dry) conditions so does not need a humid location at all. If it's getting dusty feel free to hose down to clean, just make sure it can dry out quickly.

Use a well-draining soil designed for cacti and succulents, usually a mix with added grit and sand. Repot every three to four years in spring as the plant grows.

Feed every other water in spring and summer; reduce to every three in autumn and winter.


Average temperatures of 15-32°C are fine; make sure it doesn't get colder than 12°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans, as well as having sharp spikes!

Sprouts Top Tips
If you notice brown discolouration on your Euphorbia's stems, check closer before you act; if it is soggy you may need to take cuttings to save it, but if it is 'corking' and the brown is more like hard scabs, this is natural and not a concern.


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