African Milk Bush
Kiersten lives in New Orleans, LA and graduated with her masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University in 2019.
She has conducted or assisted on research studies covering trees such as the bald cypress, swamp maple, and water tupelo, as well as important marsh grasses including Juncus, Spartina, and Phragmites.
Kiersten is a certified Louisiana Master Naturalist and regularly volunteers with local community gardens and nonprofits to help restore critical ecosystems along the Gulf Coast.
4.7 out of 5 (61 experiences)
About African Milk Bush
This plant grows tiny leaves that drop off once they mature. Plants in the Euphorbia genus have poisonous, milky, white, latex-like sap so be sure to keep them far from curious pets and children ⚠️ You may hear them referred to as cacti, but they're actually completely unrelated and belong to a group of plants known as spurges!
Also known as
African Milk Tree and 'rubra'
How to care for African Milk Bush
African Milk Bush needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
February 3rd, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
February 2nd, 2023
Madison is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to increase by 47.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.0 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…
February 1st, 2023
This month, Madison is getting an average of 5.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 13.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of day…
African Milk Bush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.
African Milk Bush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African Milk Bush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
February 2nd, 2023
The growing potential in Madison is low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best to repot…
What other plant parents say
Beautiful plant that grows fast and easy to take care of with little maintenance. Perfect for an outdoor patio/balcony area with just enough sun to soak in. Mine has grown these amazing red leaves that have surprisingly stayed on throughout the colder months.
I would be a little cautious when handling it because aside from the pointy thorns on it, pricking yourself or getting it’s sap on you can cause annoying itchiness and discomfort. Please make sure to keep this away from pets or small children. If you practice care with this plant, it will certainly reward you with lots of growth and love.
I have had this old man ever since he was an inch tall he has grown to be almost 3 feet I’ve had him for many years. This guy is a great cactus and I love him to pieces. Easy to grow I put him outside in the summer make sure he’s got some shade on him because the sun is too hot here. I recommend one to y’a.
These cacti are great! They don’t need watering too frequently and are very tough plants. I will say that from experience these plants grow better in a relatively dry, room temperature place, and only need watering about once every 2-3 weeks depending on the temperature. These plants can grow very tall too, and they’re beautiful! Would definitely recommend for someone who’s new with plants!
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