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African Milk Tree

Euphorbia Trigona Cactus

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I'm destined for the desert, so keep my environment dry and mist free to keep me happy.


Nobody puts baby in a corner! I like to be in the spotlight and thrive on direct sunlight.


I don't need much water. If my soil is dry I'm thirsty and it's time to water me!
Botanical name
Euphorbia Trigona Cactus
African Milk Tree; Cathedral Cactus; Abyssinian Euphorbia
Plant type
Indoor; Cacti & Succulent
Plant height (including pot)
30-40cm; 60-70cm; 100-120cm
Pet/baby safe?
Toxic to pets and babies
Growing Speed
Slow grower - max height 2m
Nursery pot size
12cm; 17cm; 24cm

Top tip

Named after their milky sap found in the stems, be careful if you break any of the African Milk Tree's leaves, as it is poisonous to pets.

About African Milk Tree

There are no prizes for guessing where this Prickle Plant comes from. The Euphorbia Trigona Cactus, or African Milk Tree, is named not only for its African home but also for the milky sap that can be found in its stems. This Prickle Plant, quite literally, is prickly. It has thorns that grow in twos all along it - a reason to keep little Pricklettes away from this beautiful, but spiky, plant.

Like most cacti, the African Milk Tree loves it hot (anywhere between 15-27°C) and dry, so avoid misting this plant and dust its leaves regularly instead! It also doesn't need much water, so just water your cactus, when its soil, is dry or if it's spikes are dropping.

This tall, indoor plant loves the sun and needs at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, so keep it somewhere nice and bright. We think the perfect home for it is in your bedroom or living room. The African Milk Plant can grow to heights of 2m but, luckily, it takes its time in doing so as it is a slow grower - so it will be happy in most homes.

At Prickle, we are always here to hear you! Send us your African Milk Tree questions @prickleplantsuk.