Euphorbia Acrurensis (The Desert Candle Cactus)

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Did you know the different benefits of having plants at home? For whatever reason you have started getting interested in house plants, there is a scientific basis for the help of having plants at home. Staying in a green environment lessens our symptoms of depression and anxiety. Having plants also improve the air quality around us as they remove air pollutants. Taking good care of plants taught us a sense of responsibility and accountability. First-time plant parents are usually considering getting an easy plant to grow. Among the most common plants are succulents. They are drought-resistant and can survive with just enough sunlight and watering. For this article, we will discuss a particular type of succulents called Euphorbia Acrurensis, also known as the Desert Candle Cactus. We will learn more about this plant’s care, its origin, and its features.


Euphorbia Acrurensis is also commonly known as the “desert candle cactus.” This type of plant originated from dry areas of Zimbabwe and South Africa.


It has slender ribbed stems that grow like a chandelier and has oval leaves. When placed indoors, your Euphorbia Acrurensis can grow up to 5-8 feet tall with proper care.

Is Euphorbia Acrurensis Toxic?

It would help if you stayed careful when touching your Euphorbia Acrurensis. Like all plants belonging to the Euphorbia genus, it has white milky sap once cut open. This sap is poisonous, caused severe skin irritation and blindness. You will have to be careful when touching the plant directly. Also, make sure that you don’t leave your kids and pets unattended near this succulent. The white sap is highly poisonous when digested.

Ideal Sunlight And Temperature

Euphorbia Acrurensis prefers full to partial indirect sunlight. If the plant grows towards the light source, make sure that you can give your plant a ¼ turn once a week. It also prefers low humidity. Ideal temperatures for this plant are 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Watering And Feeding Requirements

Extra care is needed when watering your Euphorbia Acrurensis. It is pretty tricky. If the plant is planted on a smaller pot, receives brighter light and higher temperature, you might need to water it more frequently. Don’t overwater it, as it is hard to revive it from this condition. The ideal watering schedule is every 3-4 weeks, depending on your home temperature and condition. When feeding your Euphorbia Acrurensis, using a water-soluble fertilizer low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous is recommended. You may provide your plant every other month only during the spring and summer seasons.

Ideal Soil And Container

Like most succulents, your Euphorbia Acrurensis needs a well-draining soil mixture. You may buy succulent soil when planting your Euphorbia Acrurensis on pots mixed with sand, gravel, or volcanic rock. Check if you are using a well-draining pool as well. The pot should have enough drainage holes. It is also advisable to put a crushed stone at the bottom before placing your soil.

Pests And Diseases

When taking good care of your Euphorbia Acrurensis, it is crucial to stay attentive to different pests and diseases that could attack your plant. Observe cubbyholes and under the leaves for possible mealybugs, spider mites, thrips whitefly, and scale. The standard conditions to watch out for are root rot, leaf-spot disease, rust, southern blight, botrytis, and powdery mildew.

Other Common Issues of Euphorbia Acrurensis

  • Root rot – You will have to avoid too moist or waterlogged soil for an extended period. Yellowing of leaves can be the most common symptom to check if you are overwatering the plant. Make sure that you allow your soil to dry in between watering
  • Curled and brown leaves – This could result from too little watering or over sun exposure. Ensure that you keep the plant hydrated by watering it once the soil is two inches deep dry. To avoid overexposure to the sun, it is better to place your Euphorbia Acrurensis on window sills or shaded areas during the summer or dry season


Euphorbia Acrurensis Propagation

It is ideal for propagating your Euphorbia Acrurensis from early spring to late summer. The most common form of propagation for this type of plant is vegetative propagation. This process involves cutting several inches of stem with leaves. You will need to allow your Euphorbia Acrurensis to be callous for several days. After that, plant your cutting on a well-draining soil mix. After a week, roots will start to grow. Another propagation method is division. You will have to uproot an overgrown clump and pull the stems and root apart for this one. Don’t forget to wait again for several days for your limbs to callous before repotting.

cutting of euphorbia acrurensis plant in a ceramic pot
Photo by @hocoo.planty via Instagram

Final Words

Euphorbia Acrurensis is a breeze to maintain and only requires proper sunlight, soil mixture, and watering. It’s a unique and aesthetically pleasing plant that could be perfect for anyone looking to add character to their space. Euphorbia Acrurensis’s physical features are as exciting as replicating many candles on a chandelier. I hope you enjoy this read. There are more interesting read about Euphorbia on Succulent City. See here:

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