Variegated Candelabra Cactus - Euphorbia erytrea variegata

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Scientific Name
Euphorbia erytrea variegata (Euphorbus' red variegated plant)

Common Name
Ghost Euphorbia, Variegated Candelabra Spurge. Variegated Candelabra Cactus

Native to Eastern and Southern Africa

This huge Candelabra Cactus will draw attention not just because of its standout size and shape (it is certainly a statement cactus!) but also because of the high level of variegation giving it the pale green and white colour across the stems. It is this colouring which has led to the nickname 'Ghost Cactus', and which makes this variety so rare. This plant is perfect for cactus connoisseurs looking to impress, or anyone in need of a plant to green up a particularly bright window!

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 two times you 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.