It’s a fact that plants are good for us. That for every building we construct , we should be planting a 100 trees. It is extremely heartening to see that indoor plants have been embraced wholeheartedly by designers and bloggers around the world so much so that without plants any space seems totally incomplete. The darling of most designers for the longest time has been the Fiddle Fig Tree. Succulents, terrariums and air plants are also very popular. One of the new ‘IT’ plants currently is the Pencil Cactus. The Pencil Cactus is actually a Euphorbia tirucalli, hence it is actually a succulent as opposed to a true cactus. It is a truly resilient and good-looking plant. A word of caution for this succulent, like all Euphorbias the pencil cactus has milky white stem latex that is a local irritant and can cause a lot of discomfort, it is also mildly poisonous. So this should be kept in mind if you are planning to grow or get one as a houseplant.
- It has a spiky, architectural shape which will definitely make it stand out from all the other house plants that you own.
- The Pencil Cactus is sometimes called the Milkbush because of the milky stem latex that oozes from the plant when cut.
- The stem latex is a skin and eye irritant and all parts of this particular succulent can be poisonous if ingested. It is best to avoid keeping this succulent indoors if you have young children and gloves should be worn when handling cuttings.
- Pencil cactus can be readily propagated from cuttings. After taking a cutting dip it in fresh water to avoid the latex from flowing out, then allow the cutting to dry for a week before potting it in moist sand or cactus mix.
- It will grow very well in a sunny window sill.
- There are thousands of varieties of Euphorbia and given bright light and warmth it can be grown easily.
Let’s take a look at 10 very stylish spaces with the Pencil Cactus.