Dark type with bluish-green stems. E. ledienii is a succulent shrub freely branching from the base to form a very cactus-like plant up to 2 m high.
Scientific name: Euphorbia ledienii A.Berger
Common Names include: "Crested Euphorbia".
Euphorbia ledienii (pale form)
Description: E. ledienii is a succulent shrub freely branching from the base to form a very cactus-like plant up to 2 m high.
E. ledienii cristata is a very beautiful strong green crested plant with intricately undulating fan-shaped branches.
The E. Ledienii var. dragei differs from the type for 3-5 flowered cymes and smaller sized cyathia (up to 4 mm in diameter) Origin Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth district, South Africa
Culture: Need bright light to partial shade for best appearance. It responds well to warmth, with its active growth period in the late spring and summer months. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch during active growing season (more than once a week during hot weather) In the winter months, waterigs should be suspended or restricted to once over the winter. The most common failure in growing this plant is over watering, especially during the winter months. Likes porous sub-acidic substrata (pH 6) with adequate drainage. Very tender, protect from frost.
Reproduction: It is propagated by cuttings. It is recommend taking Euphorbia cuttings in Spring/Summer when the plant is growing so that they have a better chance of success. They key is heat & good air circulation. These cuttings should be dipped in Hormone powder (but it is not needed) and left for a period of 3-4 weeks to callous. Then pot the cutting and don't water ( or kept slightly moist) until rooted. These will root just fine, if you can put the pot outside in the summer, or put pot on a heating pad.
Warning: As with all other Euphorbias when a plant get damaged it exudes a thick white milky sap known as latex. This latex is poisonous and particularly dangerous for the eyes, skin and mucous membranes. So pay extreme attention not to get any in your eyes or mouth. Cultivated plants must be handled carefully. Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk (1962) described this plant as being virulently poisonous.