Desert Candle Cactus
The Desert Candle Cactus, known in botany as Euphorbia acrurensis, is cactus-shaped succulent with slender, ribbed stems arranged in a chandelier shape. Native to the dry areas of south and west Africa, the Desert Candle Cactus is the perfect sculptural piece for a sunny spot in your home.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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To see me at my best
I love bright direct sunshine. Water me every few weeks in summer and less frequently in winter.
Plant Care Tips
Be careful not to overwater me and let my soil completely dry out between waterings.
I love the sun, give me as much as possible.
Feed me once in spring and once in summer with a liquid fertiliser.
About Desert Candle Cactus
The Desert Candle Cactus is part of a large genus of flowering plants called Euphorbias, which contains over two thousand species. The genus was established by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), famed for being the "Father of modern taxonomy".
Despite its name, the Desert Candle Cactus is not a cactus. Instead, Euphorbias are all a type of succulent. They contain a milky, latex, poisonous sap that's produced to deter herbivores. Native to south and west Africa the Desert Candle Cactus is extremely drought tolerant and likes dry, hot climates.
As a houseplant, the Desert Candle Cactus is easy to look after. The main thing is to keep it in a spot that gets lots of sunlight and ensure it's not overwatered. As sun-worshippers, Desert Candle Cacti are prone to growing towards the sunlight and may need rotating to avoid them toppling over. They should be gently wiped with a soft brush to remove any dust.
Did you know?
These cacti-shaped Euphorbia are actually succulents. One of the main ways to tell is that these Euphorbia contain a white milky (and toxic) latex, which is not found in cacti.
If ingested this plant can be toxic or poisonous so keep away from dogs, cats or other pets and small children.