Pencil Plant

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The Pencil Plant, also known as Euphorbia tirucalli, is a unique and distinctive succulent that belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. Native to Africa and Madagascar, this plant is characterized by its slender, pencil-thin stems that grow upright and can reach significant heights. The stems are green and have a cylindrical shape, resembling pencils, which gives the plant its common name. The Pencil Plant is highly resilient and adaptable, making it well-suited for arid and drought-prone regions. It is often grown as a striking ornamental plant both indoors and outdoors. Caution is advised when handling, as the plant contains a milky latex sap that can be irritating to the skin and eyes. With its unique appearance and low-maintenance care requirements, the Pencil Plant is a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts and those seeking a visually interesting addition to their plant collection.

Botanical Name  

Euphorbia tirucalli 

Also Known As  

Pencil Tree | Indian tree spurge | naked lady | pencil cactus | fire stick| milk bus


Plant Type  
Native From  
USDA Zone  

Light Needs  
Watering Needs  
Life Cycle  
Avg. Mature Size  
Growth Rate  
Bloom Time  
Flower Color  

South Africa
10 - 12
Full Sun
6' Tall and 4' Wide


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