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Medusoid Euphorbias

Medusoid EuphorbiasΒ 

The plant genus Euphorbia is truly exciting and unique. The Medusoid Euphorbias group in particular boasts some of the most intriguing varieties with striking snake-like arms for branches, resembling the head of Medusa. Unlike the legends of this Gorgon from Greek mythology, this succulent is unlikely to turn you to stone and more likely to turn heads in awe!

Getting to know your Medusoid Euphorbias

Grow guide: Native to South Africa, these daredevils thrive in a wide range of habitats. Grow them in beds or containers with exceptionally well-draining soil in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. They will enjoy a bit of afternoon shade in hotter climates as extreme heat may stress plants.Β 

Claim to fame: Medusoid Euphorbias are drought-tolerant and will reward the garden with exotic-looking charm. These plants are generally low maintenance with once-a-week watering to keep their greyish-green snakes happy.

In the garden: Plant your Medusa heads in containers and hanging baskets where they are able to show off all their sprawling tentacles in full glory. Feed them monthly during spring and summer with a water-soluble fertiliser.

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medusoid euphorbias, greenery, green living, succulent, life is a garden, spring, water warrior

Pest patrol: Watch out for mealybugs and spider mites and treat with appropriate products available at your garden centre. Always ensure the plant is not crowded and has good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.

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medusoid euphorbias, greenery, green living, succulent, life is a garden, spring, water warrior

Fun fact: According to Greek mythology, Medusa was once a beautiful sea nymph who fell in love with Poseidon (the God of the sea).Β  Athena, known as one of the Greek goddesses, then cursed Medusa with a head of snakes and a fatal gaze.Β 

Top tip: Your Medusoid Euphorbias will go into two main dormancy periods during the depths of winter and the peak of summer. Cut back on watering during this time to avoid root rot.