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Baseball Plant

Euphorbia obesa

Also known as

Living Baseball, Gingham Golf Ball, Baseball-Cactus, Sea Urchin, Baseball, Gingham golf ball

Euphorbia obesa by Bluemoose~commonswiki (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Baseball Plant Overview

Euphorbia obesa is a slow-growing perennial succulent species from the Euphorbiaceae family, originating from South Africa. This frost-tender species is sometimes known as a Baseball Plant after its general spherical shape and lack of thorns. It is widely cultivated in botanical gardens and often coveted as a houseplant, but this species is endangered in the wild due to over-collection. The plant has 8 ridges and is often discretely striped or otherwise patterned with green, becoming more red-purple in colour with sun exposure. With age the overall shape becomes more cylindrical. Flowers are non-showy, green-yellow and produced at the top of the plant in a cluster.

Common problems with Baseball Plant

How to propagate Baseball Plant


You can propagate by basal cuttings in the spring or summer, by division in spring or early autumn.



Seeds in the autumn.

Special features of Baseball Plant

Drought resistant

Other uses of Baseball Plant

Grown for its flowers which are great in borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.


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