Tanzanian Zipper Plant

Euphorbia polygona var. anoplia


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Resembling a spineless cactus, this Euphorbia is a small, leafless, clumping succulent which forms a colony of ribbed columns. The columns are typically variegated whitish green to green, and the plant will bloom with tiny purple flowers. Native to Tanzania, this plant has the common name “Zipper Plant” thanks to its unusual striping pattern on its edges, which give the appearance of a zipper.

An interesting houseplant, but also wonderful in rock gardens or cactus gardens. If grown indoors, provide bright light, or grow outdoors in light shade. Partial sun will help it keep a compact shape. Provide a porous soil with adequate drainage and water about once a week, keeping mostly dry in winter. Otherwise, requires little attention and will easily grow. As with all Euphorbias, handle with care as this plant has a toxic sap.

NOTE: Euphorbia’s are for ornamental purposes only. The milky sap can be toxic and can cause adverse reactions if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes. Do not ingest. Euphorbias do not typically require pruning or maintenance, but take care when handling.


90 mm pot, Pups