This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Euphorbia horrida 'Snowflake' is probably one of the most attractive forms of this variable genus. The plants do not form massive thorns on the ribs like some other Euphorbia horrida, obscuring the differences between Euphorbia horrida and the closely related Euphorbia polygona. The beautiful white coated epidermis makes this plant a highly prized item in succulent collections.

Their natural habitat is in the vicinity of Joubertina in the Eastern Cape Province where the plants form large clumps, consisting of numerous branches, on the rocky hill sides.

Euphorbia horrida 'Snowflake' is a mountain dweller and the rainfall can be considerably higher in these areas then in the desert Karoo.

In habitat the species grows in a well drained composted and sandy soil, giving an indication of its preference in cultivation.

Euphorbia horrida 'Snowflake' in habitat. A large adult plant.

A smaller plant. Even a plant this size takes many years to grow from seed.

Euphorbia horrida 'Snowflake' flowers and seedpods. The purple involucre glands are similar to those of Euphorbia polygona and a few varieties of Euphorbia horrida. The type Euphorbia horrida has green glands.