Euphorbia resinifera

resin spurge, Moroccan mound

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Euphorbia resinifera is an shrub like succulent plant originating in Morocco. It forms clumps like small rounded mounds, up to 60 cm in height.

An ideal plant for an arid garden, as it is low maintenance and it can create interest year round. It can grow in the ground when mature, or in a pot.

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Origin: Morocco
Genus: Euphorbia
Species / Cultivar: resinifera
Common Name: resin spurge, Moroccan mound

Plant Biography

Euphorbia resinifera originates in the Atlas mountains, in Morocco and it inhabit the Norther side of the slopes, sometimes to very high altitudes. Like most members of the Euphorbia family, the plant secretes an irritating sap that can be toxic if ingested.

In very hot summers the stems are adorned with bright yellow flowers, however this rarely happens outside its native environment.

Due to its “dark side”, the plant is rarely offered commercially and sometimes it can be almost impossible to find in UK nurseries.

Euphorbia resinifera
Soil: Cacti and Succulent Mix
Enjoys a drier soil with a high ratio of drainage material.
Temperature: -4 - 35°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Toxicity: Highly toxic
Parts or the whole plant are toxic to humans and animals. Contact a medical professional in case of ingestion.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.61m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Euphorbia resinifera will happily grow in containers and doesn’t require much soil to do so. Water sparingly during spring and every now and then if kept in pots in full sun. Keep dry throughout the winter time.

Repotting is rarely needed. When planting from the nursery pot to an outdoor pot, use a sharp-draining gritty soil.

Feeding is rarely needed, however if you decide to apply fertiliser, make sure to use a balanced fertiliser diluted to half the strength recommended on the label.

Medicinal value

Medicinal value

In antiquity, in the Mediterranean areas, the plant was used for medicinal purposes in many parts of the Roman Empire. The latex of the plant was dried up and turned into a yellowish-brown sticky mass and used in medicine.

Recent studies (2002-2016) have identified high concentrations of various compounds that can be considered a starting point for development of new medicine that can be used for pain treatment and to fight against cancer.

Local bee keepers in Morocco take their bee hives up the mountains in the areas where the E.resinifera is flowering to produce one of most appreciated honeys in Morocco. This honey is appreciated for its unique peppery taste, and its pungent and powerful aroma as well as its medical and cosmetic properties, especially by their antibacterial and antifungal activity.

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