Euphorbia mauritanica

Euphorbia mauritanica

Common Names

Geelmelkbos (afrikaans)
Golden spurge (english)


Genus Euphorbia
Species mauritanica
SA Plant Number
Basionym Euphorbia mauritanica


Euphorbia mauritanica very hardy, evergreen, quick-growing, well-rounded shrub with thin, cylindrical, grey-green stems.The many stems that sway beautifully in the wind arise from a thick rootstock.

Each stem produces a small, yellow flower at the tip, and the entire bush appears butter-yellow for 2 or 3 months from August to October.Attracts pollinating insects.

Excellent feature plant for rockeries and mixed succulent beds.It makes a particularly attractive container plant.It is very tolerant of a wide range of conditions and is particularly useful for difficult gardens which have low rainfall and harsh, cold conditions.

Plant in well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade.Water moderately.

Size: up to 1.5m




Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape

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