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Variegated Corn Cob

Euphorbia mammillaris 'Variegata'

Also known as

Variegated Corkscrew, Variegated Corncob Euphorbia, Variegated Corncob-Cactus, Variegated Indian Corn Cob

Euphorbia mammillaris f. variegata 2015-06-01 OB 215 by Salicyna (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


Variegated Corn Cob Overview

Euphorbia mammillaris 'Variegata' is also known as Variegated Corkscrew, Variegated Corncob Euphorbia or Variegated Corn Cob after its overall appearance. It is a dioecious, subshrub species from the Euphorbiaceae family. This succulent cactus is columnar in shape and branches from the base, with an erect growth habit and many thick spines. The stems may not support their weight over time, sprawling to grow along the ground. Can be grown in a container as a houseplant, place in full sun and water sparingly. Soil should be well-draining to prevent waterlogging and root rot, this plant is drought tolerant and can survive long periods without water. It produces male and female flowers on individual plants, these flowers are non-showy and discrete, short-lived and usually white and yellow-green to pinkish-red in colour. They are produced in clusters at the tips of the stems.

Special features of Variegated Corn Cob

Drought resistant

Pot plant


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