Euphorbia Viguieri (The Viguier’s Spurge)

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Growing a plant takes patience, time, and energy. But with each plant’s beautiful appearance and other mental and emotional benefits, all your efforts will surely pay off. Knowing the perfect plant for you can be tedious, but as you rediscover various plants, you will see each story, appearance, and care requirements as beautiful pieces that guide you to your next house plant. Through this article, we hope to understand better a specific type of succulent called Euphorbia Viguieri. Let’s talk about this plant’s care, origin, features, and propagation.

Origin

Euphorbia Viguieri is native to central-northern Madagascar. This type of plant usually grows in the open coastal forests, mainly on strongly eroded calcareous rocks that are typically filled with hummus. It is usually seen together with Pachypodium Rutenbergianum, Uncarina Sakalava, Uncarina Perrieri, Lomatophyllum, Commiphora, and Cyphostemma.

How to Recognize Euphorbia Viguieri

Euphorbia Viguier has an angular, bright green stem with vertical and spiraling white thorns. It also has bright red top-knots flowers that bloom on top of the plant. The branches have 5-6 ribs, each lined with a row of stipular spines. This is a slow-growing plant and can grow up to 2-3 feet tall. It is a very variable deciduous spiny succulent with a single stem and is usually not ramified. Euphorbia Viguieri is named after the french botanist René Viguier. Generally, it doesn’t look like a cactus, but indeed, this plant is an excellent addition to your house plants. It is non-fragrant and considered a low-maintenance succulent.

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Toxicity

Euphorbia Viguieri like most Euphorbia succulents, produces latex. It is a milky white sap that can be extremely dangerous. Latex can cause severe skin irritation, blindness, and mucous membrane damage. Due to this, it is advisable to wear gloves when touching this plant to avoid direct contact with latex.

Ideal Sunlight

Enough sunlight is among the crucial elements that could determine if Euphorbia Viguieri will thrive and bloom. It can survive in partial sunlight or outdoor shaded sunlight. When placed indoors, you will still have to dedicate some time to place the plant outdoors for it to fulfill its required sunlight.

Temperature

The minimum cold hardiness temperatures are at Zone 10a – 30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Euphorbia Viguieri during winter is nocturnal at 12 degrees Celsius and diurnal at 20 degrees Celsius and more.

Ideal Soil For Euphorbia Viguieri

Euphorbia Viguieri is not particular about the soil’s pH level. However, they cannot tolerate being planted on wet soil. Choose a well-draining soil mixture to ensure that plant doesn’t clog during watering.

Water

Unlike other succulents, Euphorbia cannot hold much water; therefore, they are not as drought resistant. It is ideal for watering your Euphorbia Viguieri twice a week during its growing season and maybe extra during the summer season. Make sure that you are watering deeply, do not let the water sit on the soil for too long. To know if you should water your plant already, check if the soil is parched prior to watering.

Pot Requirements For Euphorbia Viguieri

Ideally, you will have to use a proper pot with enough drainage holes for Euphorbia Viguieri. A pot with drainage holes will allow the water to flow continuously at the bottom. This is good for your plant to avoid overwatering. Also, you have to make sure that the roots are not soaked in water for too long; that is why a proper pot is crucial for this plant to thrive.

Should You Use Fertilizer?

Feeding fertilizer is not required. However, if you want Euphorbia Viguieri to flourish, you may feed it once a month during its growing season only. Same with watering, avoid feeding your plant with fertilizer during winter or its dormant season.

Propagating Euphorbia Viguieri

Euphorbia Viguieri could be propagated through seeds and cuttings. However, it is said that it might be more beneficial for this specific type of succulents to propagate through seeds, as it can happen naturally. We listed down below the step-by-step guide to propagating your Euphorbia Viguieri.

Propagation through cuttings:

  • You may opt to use the offsets that grow at the bottom part of your plant
  • Use clean scissors or a knife in order to cut the offset as close as possible to the base
  • Let the cuttings dry for 2 to 3 days and these to calloused
  • Once your cuttings are fully dry, you may now plant them on a well-draining soil mixture

Propagation through seeds:

  • If you are manually propagating through seeds, it is best to sow seeds during spring or summer
  • Choose a sandy loam soil to sow your seeds
  • Keep in mind that germination takes around three weeks
  • Please place it in a place with a high level of humidity
  • Naturally, all succulents under the Euphorbia have a fruit that shoots away from the seeds. These seeds are small, round, and light. It can reach up to a few meters away and usually have a uniform spread
propagating euphorbia viguieri
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Final Words

Overall, we hope this article helps you get a more detailed picture and appreciation for Euphorbia Viguieri. It is a low-maintenance succulent that embodies vibrancy and boldness through its leaves, stems, and flowers. With enough sunlight, proper watering, and good quality soil, this plant will surely thrive beautifully. It will surely be an excellent addition to your existing house plant collecting.

With the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of having a plant around you, we hope that many new plant lovers will appreciate getting to know different plants more. Euphorbia Viguieri might be the perfect succulent for you! The world of succulents is vast and there are more for you to discover in Succulent City. See below:

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