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Euphorbia antisyphilitica

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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 CharacteristicsThis 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.

CareGrow in full sun and well-drained soil. Ample water encourages the rhizomes to spread.


  • Genus : Euphorbia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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