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THE NEW ‘IT’ PLANT, THE PENCIL CACTUS

the new 'it' plant

MOVE OVER FIDDLE LEAF FIG, THERE’S A NEW FAVOURITE
PLANT IN TOWN

and its name is the Pencil Cactus.


You may have noticed the Euphorbia tirucalli {the plant pictured on the left, above, and below} is popping up everywhere: it’s tucked into the backgrounds of photos on design blogs; in our Pinterest streams, and arriving in cool nurseries. And with good reason; the Pencil Cactus is popular because of its unique {almost under the sea} good looks and hardiness.

the new 'it' plantOkay: So it’s not really a cactus. And it is mildly poisonous {read more about that below}, but it is a great new look, don’t you agree? The pencil cactus hails from Africa, and brought inside and given a sunny spot in which to bask, it can thrive on windowsills across the globe. Treat it like a succulent: err on the side of under-watering, repot every year or so as the plant grows, and you could end up with a 6-foot specimen to call your own.

And you’re not going to be able to kill it if you follow a few simple rules, like… pot the pencil cactus in a well-draining, gritty soil and water every two to three weeks in the summertime – less frequently in the wintertime to avoid rot.

JUST BE AWARE: The Pencil Cactus is sometimes called Milkbush because of the milky stem latex that oozes from the plant when cut. Watch out: the latex is a skin and eye irritant, and all parts of the plant can be poisonous if ingested. So keep your Pencil Cactus well away from babies, the kids and pets that have a tendency to touch and eat such things!

We’re going to get one {or two}, will you?

{Source: Gardenista}


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  • Shan

    Any idea where this gorgeous orange planter is from?