The Euphorbia trigona 'Rubra' or African Milk Tree, is a succulent variety grown in Central and Southern Africa. Our favourite not-actually-a-cactus cactus. Its thick deep green stems are lined with small spikes and overhanging leaves, in a deep maroon colour.
The stems have three wing-like angles and carry short, sharp spines as well as leaves. Given the right conditions, it can grow into an impressive tree. As a succulent, this plant will need very little watering, especially during winter, and likes a bright spot.
Grow Pot Size: 17cm
Overall Height Including Grow Pot: 60-70cm
Plant Care Level: Easy
Euphorbia sap contains highly toxic latex, so make sure to wash your hands immediately, if you come into contact with it.
African Milk Tree Care Tips
Binomial Name: Euphorbia trigona 'Rubra'
Care Level: Easy
Light: Prefer bright light. Can tolerate direct light.
Water: Allow soil to completely dry in between watering.
Pet Friendly: No
The African Milk Tree Story
Where is it from?
It is native to West Africa.
Who is the African Milk Tree?
Don't let the leaves mislead you, it's NOT actually a cactus! It is drought tolerant and can handle long periods without water.
Good For You!
The unique nature of this plant and the beautiful foliage will bring a sense of calm and steadiness to your home.
Is the African Milk Tree the right plant for me?
The Africa Milk Tree can live a long life if properly cared for. It does require a high amount of light to thrive. We suggest placing it beside a large window in your living room. It does not require any pruning but does thrive with the occasional dusting to maintain the beauty of its ruby leaves. With a little love and care, this plant will be your best friend for many years to come!
Pet Friendly: This beautiful cactus is not pet-friendly.
Location Suggestions: It looks amazing in a corner of a living room with bright light! The large nature of the plant deserves to be shown off.