Euphorbia Lophogona (The White Crown of Thorns Plant)

Having plants at home is indeed a wonderful experience. You’ll never get bored and feel extra energized by having a house plant. Some scientific benefits of having a house plant were mentioned by experts. Some would say that it can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety, remove air pollutants, and add color to your space. With its many benefits, it is not surprising that people get interested and start having their house plants. If you are someone that is also checking out for some new plant baby, this article is perfect for you. We will talk about a specific type of succulent called Euphorbia Lophogona. Let’s learn more about its origin, feature, propagation process, and care. Continue reading, and who knows, this plant might be the perfect match for you.

Euphorbia Lophogona Origin

Euphorbia Lophogona is endemic to Madagascar. It is particularly endemic to several Madagascar provinces such as Fianarantsoa, Toamasina, and Toliara. This plant’s natural habitat is subtropical or tropical coastal rainforests with sandy soil. Euphorbia Lophogona’s common names are “Randramboay” and “White Crown of Thorns”.


This plant looks like Madagascar Jewel. Euphorbia Lophogona is a medium-sized green or semi-deciduous succulent shrub. It has glossy bright green and elliptic leaves. Its leaves can also grow up to 2.5 cm long and looks leathery. The stems are unbranched or sparsely branched. The stems might spiral and narrow to the top. This plant also produces flowers. The flowers usually grow in stalks, with the central flower being yellowish-green and encircled by pink to white petals. Euphorbia Lophogona’s blooming season is during the summer.

Ideal Sunlight And Temperature

Your Euphorbia Lophogona prefers partial to thrive. However, it can also tolerate almost any amount of sunlight. This makes your plant poor maintenance and resilient. Euphorbia Lophogona can survive at a minimal temperature of 53-57 degrees Fahrenheit and an optimum temperature of 82-89 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn’t mind warm or hot temperatures and can even survive slightly cold temperatures.

Watering Requirements

Euphorbia Lophogona can be watered regularly as the plant is blooming openly. The water requirements needed are very flexible. Ensure that you let the soil dry in between watering to avoid overwatering. It is essential to prevent this for your Euphorbia Lophogona not to get root rot. Reduce the watering to once every 1.5 weeks during the winter season. If planting in bulk, make sure that there’s enough space between the plants to keep the water draining properly and the air between spaces to help evaporate extra droplets between leaves.


You may regularly feed this succulent with fertilizer. It should be low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potassium. Ensure that you only provide your plant during the spring, summer, and mid-autumn seasons. Avoid feeding the plant during the winter.

Ideal Soil And Container For Euphorbia Lophogona

It would help if you used a well-draining soil mixture for your Euphorbia Lophogona to thrive. The ideal potting soil should have an excellent moisture-retaining capacity, has enough holes or breathing space for the water to drain correctly, and has manure for added nutrition.

Things To Watch Out For

Avoid touching your Euphorbia Lophogona directly when it is cut open. It produces a thick white milky sap known as latex. This latex is poisonous and can cause blindness, severe skin irritation, and mucous membrane damage. You will also need to pay full attention to avoid ingesting latex. Ensure that you are not leaving kids or pets unattended with this plant.


Euphorbia Lophogona Propagation

The best way to propagate this plant is through cuttings. The best season to do your plant propagation is during spring or summer, when the plant is growing. Take note of the importance of proper heat and good air circulation for a better chance of your propagation’s success. Cut a stem and dip it in a Hormone powder for 3 to 4 weeks and allow it to be callous. Plant the cutting in a separate pot with a well-draining soil mixture. It is not advisable to water your baby Euphorbia Lophogona immediately. Better to keep the soil slightly moist until your baby plants roots. You may place your Euphorbia Lophogona baby plant outdoors during the summer season, but avoid doing so during the winter.

stems of euphorbia lophogona
Photo by @baobaum via Instagram

Final Words

At the end of this article, we hope you didn’t find it hard to love Euphorbia Lophogona. This fantastic plant is popular for low maintenance and can almost survive and thrive in different environments. If you are someone new to taking good care of house plants, you will find Euphorbia Lophogona maintenance effortless. It doesn’t need much sunlight.

All you have to note is that you avoid frost and maintain proper well-draining soil to prevent root rot. Don’t also forget that you may feed your Euphorbia Lophogona during its growing seasons. Just be mindful of these things, and we are sure that you will enjoy and maintain the beautiful appearance of your Euphorbia Lophogona.

We hope this article gets you more interested in the various succulents available if you are a new plant lover. We hope that you were able to consider Euphorbia Lophogona as your next plant baby as it is perfect for beginners and busy plant parents. Taking good care of plants is not just a physical feature in our homes but also hones us to be more responsible citizens and human beings. Euphorbia Lophogona care is relatively easy and something ideal for different lifestyles of plant overs. We hope you appreciate more of its beauty and get associated with its watch-out point and propagation process with this article. We hope that you’ll be able to find your new plant baby soon.


Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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