Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With a wiener dog.

March 9, 2015

Euphorbia Fire Sticks in Phoenix, Arizona

I have plenty of plain green euphorbia growing here at The Tropical Paradise, and this weekend I added another variety, the kind that has the orangey tops, call Fire Sticks or Sticks of Fire. I have to admit that they are pretty cool.

Since I'm experimenting mostly, I had never even heard of a Euphoria before last year. I had gotten them as cuttings from a couple of my plant friends. So I stuck them in the ground all over the property and waited to see what they would do. They did great, taking root and growing just about right away. And I didn't see any frost damage this past winter, even though we got a couple of good frosts.

The one in the photo is in a great spot visually, but I'm not convinced that it will like that spot come summertime, or in the winter. It's a sunny area, which may be too much here in the desert, and it's also at the bottom of a hill, where cold air flows in the winter. I'll let you know how it does.
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