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Euphorbia antisyphilitica (Candelilla)

Euphorbia antisyphilitica Photo/Illustration: Bill Johnson

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Euphorbia antisyphilitica yew-FOR-bee-ah an-ty-sif-il-IT-ih-kah Common Name: Candelilla Genus: Euphorbia
Candelilla forms an upright clump of slender, waxy gray-green stems. Inconspicuous leaves appear on new growth but quickly drop with the first dry spell. Tiny flowers of cream and rosy pink periodically hug the upper portion of the stems throughout the warm season, particularly in response to rain. Candelilla is perfect for narrow planting strips because its stems grow straight up in tight bundles.
Noteworthy characteristics: This Southwestern U.S. native has drought-tolerant, waxy stems that resemble gray-green pencils. Its wax is used for candles, soap, polish, and ointments. The sap may irritate skin. It is a low-maintenance plant, but is sensitive to frost.
Care: Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Ample water encourages the rhizomes to spread.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Native
Bloom Time Spring; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; White Flower
Uses Roadside
Style Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials,Shrubs

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