The Madagascar Jewel Plant ‘Euphorbia Leuconeura’

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It is not surprising that planting is getting popular these days. A variety of benefits have been associated with planting. The most common reason people decide to get houseplants is their beautiful appearance. Another reason for planting is a greener environment that improves our mental health. Several studies have stated the importance of spending time outdoors or adding some greenery inside our homes. Despite not having enough outdoor space, many people get different plants to brighten their homes. This article will discuss a variety of succulents called Euphorbia Leuconeura.

  • Other Names: Madagascar Jewel.
  • Sunlight: bright light or partial sunlight.
  • Watering: minimum water use.
  • Temperature: above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Soil: it is better to produce it on moist soil.
  • Propagation: propagated from seeds.
  • Height: 6 feet.

Origin Of Euphorbia Leuconeura

Euphorbia Leuconeura plant is also known by its common name Madagascar Jewel plant. Its scientific name was derived from two ancient Greek words, “leukos,” meaning “bright,” and “neura,” meaning “nerve.” Euphorbia Leuconeura is a flowering plant that comes from the Euphorbiaceae or also called as succulent spurge family. This type of plant is threatened by habitat loss. This plant is a popular choice for a house plant as it is easy to grow and thrives greatly indoors.

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euphorbia leuconeura in a white clay pot on a purple background
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Plant Characteristics

It can grow up to 6 feet high and can live for long years with proper care. Madagascar Jewel has dark green leaves and white veins that are very beautiful and an eye-catcher for plant lovers. It has white nerves and reddish petiole over time. The white coloration fades, making your plant have green leaves. As this plant ages, its leaves become darker. The leaves will develop a reddish tinge when placed directly under bright sunlight.

Younger Madagascar Jewel plant will have tubular stems with a green to red color. The stem usually grows first and then branches out over the years. It is endemic to Madagascar and is mainly seen in its natural habitat, forest undergrowth in rocky areas. When you cut your Euphorbia Leuconeura plant, it will produce a white fluid that can be toxic and might cause skin irritation. You will have to take extra precautions when cutting your Euphorbia Leuconeura. You may wear gloves or use a tong to avoid touching your plant directly.

euphorbia leuconeura in a pot
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Madagascar Jewel Plant Care

#1. Ideal Sunlight and Temperature

Euphorbia Leuconeura is a plant that prefers bright sunlight, although it can survive up to partial sunlight. When you let it grow under low sunlight, expect the plant to be floppy, and it might require staking. This plant doesn’t bloom in places with cold temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It is recommended to place your plant above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. As your Euphorbia Leuconeura is having a hard time in cold locations, it thrives beautifully indoors. This characteristic of Euphorbia Leuconeura makes it a perfect house plant.

#2. Watering Requirements

Surprisingly, unlike other succulents, the Euphorbia Leuconeura doesn’t mind regular watering. They are not as drought-resistant as different succulents, meaning they might need more watering than other succulents. When watering this plant, water it deeply up to the entire root ball. It would help to allow the soil to dry between watering to avoid overwatering and root rot. It is necessary to use a pot with proper holes for the water to flow continuously.

#3. Type of Soil Needed

Madagascar Jewel tolerates dry soil. However, it should not be too dry that the plant will lose its lower leaves. It will also be less attractive when planted in too dry soil. It is better to produce it on moist soil.

#4. Environment’s Humidity

Euphorbia Leuconeura plant tolerates dry indoor air. There is no need to increase the atmospheric humidity of a room for this plant to survive. If placed in a higher humidity location, it can also tolerate this environment like most plants.

#5. Fertilizer

Feed your Euphorbia Leuconeura plant monthly with proper plant food for succulents. Only feed your plant during its growing season. It would help if you never provided your Euphorbia Leuconeura during its stagnant season.

Euphorbia Leuconeura Propagation Through Seeds

After a year of planting your Euphorbia Leuconeura plant, it will develop clusters of tiny white flowers. The flowers don’t have any petals, and they’re not attractive. Soon, these tiny white flowers will develop seed capsules that open explosively. It will shoot seeds up to 2 meters. The seeds will then germinate, and soon the baby plant will begin popping up. In case you don’t want your plant to self-sow, you may pinch the seed capsules intentionally. You may also transfer the baby plant to a separate pot in case it grows on the mother plant’s pot.

A Few Final Words

Looking for a new house plant? Consider Euphorbia Leuconeura! This easy-to-grow plant thrives indoors and has attractive leaves with white veins or darker spots as the plant ages. Euphorbia Leuconeura doesn’t mind more watering than other succulents since it’s not as drought-resistant. Do you love Euphorbia leuconeura? Do you want to read more about Euphorbias? Check out these suggestions:

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