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African Ocotillo

African Ocotillo

Regular price $46.20 USD
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Plant Type: Succulents
Plant Height: up to 20 feet
Spread: 4-6 feet
Flower Color: red
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The African Ocotillo, scientifically known as Euphorbia tirucalli, is a unique and visually striking plant, often sought after for its architectural qualities. Native to Africa, this plant can grow quite tall, reaching up to 20 feet in height, with a spread of 4 to 6 feet.

The African Ocotillo is characterized by its pencil-thin, green, cylindrical branches, which grow vertically and branch out from the main stem. This growth habit gives it a sparse, tree-like appearance. Its branches contain a milky sap that is toxic and can be irritating to the skin and eyes, so caution should be exercised when handling this plant.

One of the distinctive features of Euphorbia tirucalli is its lack of traditional leaves. The plant performs photosynthesis through its green branches. This adaptation makes it highly suited to arid environments and an excellent choice for xeriscaping.

Although not a frequent bloomer, when it does produce flowers, they are small and red, adding a subtle pop of color. The African Ocotillo thrives in full sun, which encourages robust growth and contributes to its overall health.

This plant is suitable for large, open landscapes where its height and unique form can be appreciated. It is also popular as a container plant for patios or indoors, where it adds a dramatic and sculptural element. Due to its drought tolerance and minimal maintenance requirements, it is a popular choice for gardens in dry climates and for gardeners seeking low-maintenance, high-impact plants.

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