A quick glance at Moroccan mound may lead you to believe that it’s a cactus, but euphorbias are actually classified as succulents. The small brown or white spines that line the ridges of each squared stem are much less vicious and easier to handle than those found on a true cactus. This unique plant’s mounding shape is formed by tightly packed grey-green stems that grow in a distinctly vertical manner, with taller stems located towards the center. Though it has no leaves, tips and edges can turn reddish in cold weather, lending some attractive seasonal color. Moroccan mound is hardier than most succulents and remarkably easy to grow; tolerating heat, drought, and temperatures as low as 20o F. Pruning is rarely a necessity, but be sure to protect your skin, mouth, and eyes from the milky sap if you have to make cuts on any branches.
Height: 1 – 2 feet
Width: 4 – 6 feet
Bloom color: Yellow
Flowering season: Late Winter, Early Spring
USDA minimum zone: 9
Cold hardiness: 20° F

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