Pencil Cactus is a small tree without leaves. Isn’t it amazing? Coming from the cacti family it does look like a succulent, pencil cactus that has green leaves which grow yellow and orange tips. Pencil cactus is a very sturdy plant and you don’t need to care much about the lighting and watering. Unlike other cacti, the pencil cactus has much faster growth and reach to a height of 12 inches easily.
- Scientific name: Euphorbia tirucalli
- Common names: pencil cactus, stick cactus, milk bush, Indian tree spurge
II. Physical Characteristics of Pencil Cactus
- Shape and size: thin, tree-like, branching structure
- Color: green or blue-green, but may turn red in high light conditions
- Foliage: small, insignificant leaves, may drop off over time
- Thorns: thin, sharp thorns present on branches
III. Habitat and Distribution of Pencil Cactus
- Native to Africa and India
- Grows in dry, arid regions
- Can be found in a variety of landscapes, including desert, savannah, and scrubland
IV. Uses of Pencil Cactus
- Landscaping: used as a decorative plant in gardens and yards
- Medicine: has been used in traditional medicine for a variety of ailments, such as infections, wounds, and respiratory problems
- Poisonous: the sap of the pencil cactus is toxic and can cause skin irritation, so it should be handled with caution
V. Care and Maintenance of Pencil Cactus
- Light: prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade
- Water: requires infrequent watering, but can tolerate drought conditions
- Soil: well-draining soil is preferred
- Propagation: can be propagated from stem cuttings or seeds
- Pencil cactus is a unique and attractive plant that is well-suited to dry, arid environments. It has a variety of uses, but it is important to handle it with caution due to its toxic sap. With proper care, pencil cactus can thrive and add interest to any landscape.
Perfect for your table decor. Care needed for the provision of water and light. Growth depends on the atmosphere, nature, and weather.