Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata

Lion's Spore

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Lion's spore is a little known South African succulent grows to form huge mounds of evergreen stems that look like a thornless cactus. A high elevation species, it is cold hardy and blooms with small bright yellow flowers in late spring. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Good for Containers
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 50540

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2-4" tall x 15-30" wide. Lion's Spore is a little-known plant that is a fantastic, cold hardy succulent from the high elevations of the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho and South Africa. The small, 1/2" diameter, spineless stems grow to form large, tight mounds. I was thrilled to first see this species up around 9,000 ft. on the mountain flanks surrounding Tiffindell, South Africa. Here, old, mature specimens form huge mounds more than 3' in diameter! Plant in a well-drained soil, preferably on the south or west facing slope of a berm or hillside to facilitate good drainage. Does not like to sit under snow for extended periods of time; cover with plastic or row crop cover (frost blanket) in snowy winter climates. Our Lion's Spore is propagated from stem cuttings. Good for Firescaping
SKU 50540
Common Name Lion's Spore
Botanical Name Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 2-4" tall
Mature Spread 15-30" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Squirrel Resistant, Good for Containers, Groundcover, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Euphorbia (Spurge)

Euphorbia (Spurge) is a huge genus of annual, perennial and succulent species that can be found worldwide. All Spurge have milky sap that can be very irritating to eyes, nose and mouth tissue. Some species have poisonous sap.  Handle with care. Rabbit and deer proof.
Preferred growing conditions:

  • Plant in a fast draining, infertile soil with full sun. Avoid clay soils. Mulch with gravel or not at all.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, infrequent but deep watering is all this plant needs.
  • Deadheading recommended to prevent re-seeding, as some species can spread aggressively. Use gloves to protect hands from irritating sap.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.

Special comments

  • Succulent species have evergreen stems. Prune to shape in the spring if needed.
  • Cut back herbaceous species in late fall.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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3.0

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Pros

  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Healthy (4)

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5.0

Slow and steady, very unique!

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from Kanab high desert southern Utah

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  • Hardy
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Cons

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

      I ordered two of these and olantednlast year. One is already blooming this spring! Both have grown a tiny bit.
      The rabbits sampled it and it still lives!

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      3.0

      Not as cold hardy as I hoped for.

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      from Shoshone Idaho

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

          Died midway through my dry (zone 5b) Idaho winter. Did great in the summer with all the other succulents/ cacti.
          Might try again in the future.

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          1.0

          Soooooo disappointed

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          from Mesilla

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            • Flimsy
            • Small In Size

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

              I was so disappointed when I received this plant. Soil had come unpacked and the plant was so small I had to search to even find it. Bought two other varieties that were equally tiny. What a rip. Will never order from this company again.....I have never written a review of any kind before. Be it clothing, shoes or household. That is how disappointed I am.

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              3.0

              might try it again

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              from Las Vegas NV

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

                  I potted this plant in a larger pot when I got it and it did great all summer on my covered but very bright patio where the plant received some direct morning sun. I think I over-watered in the fall and the plant started to decline. I stopped watering but it never recovered. It is a very interesting plant and definitely worth a second try.

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                  1.0

                  Died immediately

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                  from OKC, OK

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                  • Died immediately

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

                  Don't know precisely what happened, but it was gone within a week.

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                  3.0

                  survived the east Oregon summer

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                  from East Oregon

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

                    Placed in my sedum rock garden area. Never grew any larger than the original size. If it survives through the winter I am hoping for growth.

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    its back! it made through a nyc winter

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                    from nyc

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                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                    • Small In Size

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata:

                    well packed always can be sure u take alot of care when you ship

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                    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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