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Lion's Spore (Euphorbia)

Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata
SKU: HC014572
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
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).
key features
Botanical Name
Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata
Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Squirrel Resistant, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Evergreen, Container Planting, Rock Gardens
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
2-4" tall
Mature Spread
15-30" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring


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
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