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Euphorbia opuntioides, also known as “Heart Euphorbia”, is a distinct succulent admired for its unique appearance. It exhibits a structure reminiscent of the prickly pear cactus, with chunky, flattened pads. These pads are green, often with a hint of blue or purple, and are covered in tiny spines, giving it a textured appearance.
Native to South Africa, this Euphorbia thrives in arid environments with well-draining soil. It’s accustomed to periods of drought and prefers full to partial sunlight, making it a suitable candidate for rock gardens or as an individual potted specimen.
One of the intriguing features of Heart Euphorbia is its capacity to produce small, yellow flowers in the summertime. These blooms accentuate the succulent’s beauty and provide a pleasing contrast to its pads.
Caution is necessary when handling or pruning this plant. Like many Euphorbias, it secretes a milky latex sap when cut or damaged. This sap can be irritating to skin and eyes, so always wear gloves when working with this plant and keep it away from children and pets.
90 mm pot, Cutting