Euphorbia Poissonii

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Euphorbia Poissonii is a variety among many succulents in the Euphorbiaceae family. This succulent originated from regions within the Northern parts of Nigeria. It has an attractive appearance and an even more compelling history. Thus, it has a toxic sap and a latex substance that people in Nigeria use to make pesticides. This sap appears as a white-colored substance and is highly likely to be noticed if and when the succulent is unsafely punctured and dying.

Due to those sticky features, it is essential to take precautionary measures when caring for and propagating a Euphorbia Poissonii succulent to reduce the chances of irritation. For instance, wearing gloves and full-coverage clothing may be a good option and possible eye coverage when propagation occurs. With that being said, it is safe to say that the Euphorbia Poissonii should be kept in a safe location where animals and children cannot reach it.

  • Sunlight: requirements range from up to five hours of indirect, natural sunlight.
  • Watering: minimum water use, once a week.
  • Temperature: 18°C to 24°C.
  • Growth Season: Spring/Summer.
  • Propagation: heading propagation technique.
  • Soil: well-draining.


Euphorbia Poissonii contains latex, which is used for many different purposes. Although this latex is known to be toxic, it can still be used for medicinal uses and more! For instance, the most common uses for succulent latex are as follows:

  • Attract Guineafowls.
  • A fish poison.
  • Make arrow poison.
  • Harm birds and pests, such as rats and mice.
  • Used as an application for sores and toothaches.
  • Can be used to make tooth extractions quicker and easier.

Keep in mind that this latex is harmful if eaten and should always be kept out of the reach of pets and children.

Morphological Characteristics

Moving on to the appearance aspect of the succulent. If you have never seen Euphorbia Poissonii, you may be interested in learning more about the features it possesses. A healthy Euphorbia Poissonii can grow up to around six feet tall, four-centimeter wide. The succulent has several thick branches that are particularly bundled together at the base, which can turn out to be a gray color or a more green-like color. In addition to those branches, the succulent has small green leaves that can be seen flourishing during the warmer growing months. For the most part, this plant is low-maintenance and is simple to care for in a few easy steps. Read on if you would like further to explore the life of a Euphorbia Poissonii succulent, as well as discover how you can grow one yourself.

Euphorbia Poissonii Care

Growing Season

Euphorbia Poissonii is a slow-growing succulent. This succulent is likely to be at its best growth point during months with warmer weather, as this is the best time to receive both the sunlight and temperatures they want.


Like many other variations of the Euphorbia succulents, the Euphorbia Poissonii succulent is dormant throughout the wintertime when temperatures are lower. Read on for reference on what temperatures your Euphorbia Poissonii needs.

Soil for Euphorbia Poissonii

You should always use soil that is guaranteed to be well-draining, as these succulents are more susceptible to root rot and other diseases when an alternative soil is used. To be specific, We highly recommend that owners use coarse sandy soil or a mixture made for cacti.

Sunlight Requirements

Sunlight requirements range from up to five hours of indirect, natural sunlight each day and some occasional shade. Make sure they’re in a position and location where the sun will reach each succulent side; otherwise, it will need turning.


Euphorbia Poissonii goes well in warmer temperatures throughout the year; however, they can handle cooler temperatures to a certain point during dormancy. A standard temperature range for these succulents is 85 degrees Fahrenheit to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Watering Expectations

Euphorbia Poissonii will only require a once-a-week watering, as to much water will cause further problems such as root rot and decay. you should never water this succulent when the soil is still moistened from the previous watering. Therefore, you should always feel the soil each time before watering the succulent – only water the soil again if it is dry.



It is standard (and recommended) to provide Euphorbia Poissonii with fertilizer once every two weeks during the summertime. These succulents are not too particular on a specific kind of fertilizer as long as it is safe – using a liquid fertilizer is best. Still, you should dilute it slightly before applying. Tip: do not use Fertilizer during dormancy.

Possible Diseases & Pests in Euphorbia Poissonii

Euphorbia Poissonii isn’t prone to experiencing pest infestations of mealy bugs; spider mites and scales could still happen. Along with potential pests, this succulent can occasionally experience fungi and root rot.

Propagating A Euphorbia Poissonii

propagating A Euphorbia Poissonii
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When it comes time to propagate your Euphorbia Poissonii succulent, you can do it one of two ways. By using the seedlings or by using the headings. The remainder of this section with go into some detail on how to do each technique. After successfully propagating the succulent, be sure to repot it in a separate container with the appropriate soil needed. Before getting into these techniques, make sure you’re using full-coverage items to ensure the sap will not reach your skin and irritate.

Seedling Propagation Technique

This technique is not the best or quickest to use on Euphorbia Poissonii because they are slow-growing; however, it will still be effective if chosen to go through with. You can either remove seeds from the parent plant or purchase some new seeds online. Choose a location for your propagated succulents – these can be indoors or outdoors, as long as they’re in a pot and the temperatures are not too cold. Plant the seeds in the correct gardening container with well-draining soil. Water the soil once after planting and again once each week.

Heading Propagation Technique 

This technique is better for these slow-growing succulents and is more accessible. Before conducting this form of propagation, clean some gardening shears or a sharpened knife. Decide where you would like to cut off the parent plant, staying above the roots. Cut off the heading, and the portion of the heading stem is chosen. This heading will need to be lightly cleaned off with water and left in a dry location to dry up completely. Once the heading is dry, you can plant it in a separate pot with the appropriate soil and water it.

Final Words

As discovered in this article, these Euphorbia Poissonii succulents are quite the plant to own. It’s hard to pass up on such a simple plant, from its unique structure and features to the ease of caring for them each week. It couldn’t possibly be simpler! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this article, and it has answered questions you may have been searching for or provided you with some interesting new Euphorbia Poissonii facts. Thanks for reading, and good luck to you and your Euphorbia Poissonii.

Succulent City chief editor


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