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botanical name:
Euphorbia handiensis
Euphorbia handiensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Jandía Spurge, Cardón de Jandía
family:  Euphorbiaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.90m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: very slow
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: light green
fruit colour: brown
main season:
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 12°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
description:
Cactus-like succulent with densely branching, thickened, heavily ribbed, leafless stems covered in sharp spines. Small reddish-green flowers are followed by reddish-brown seed capsules.

cultivation:
Grows in very dry, rocky, desert-like conditions with just intermittent rainfall. Withstands drought and exposure on sun baked hillsides near the sea. Probably dislikes low temperatures.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
Sometimes used as an ornamental in dry, gravely gardens of the Canaries.

other notes:
Native only to the Jandia peninsula on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. Now very rare and on the verge of extinction due to disturbance of its habitat and removal of plants. It is strictly illegal to damage or take plants from the wild, however cultivated specimens are sometimes available from nurseries.
It is the official native plant symbol of the island of Fuerteventura.

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