Euphorbia leucocephala is an upright-growing shrub best used as a small accent tree because it tends to get leggy and lose its lower branches with age. It makes a handsome small tree, however, with its picturesque branching pattern.
The plant's main floral display lasts from November through January; it is related to the common florist poinsettia; and just like poinsettias, it begins flowering in response to the shorter days in fall and winter. A mature plant will be covered in small white flowers; the showy parts are actually modified leaves called bracts, while the true flowers are tiny and insignificant, but emit a sweet fragrance.
The plant grows and blooms best in hot, sunny, dry locations; soil must be extremely well drained. Although drought tolerant, it will bloom best with an occasional application of water during extremely dry conditions.
Pascuita can become leggy and rangy, so give it a light pruning (no more than 1/3 of a mature plant) after flowering finishes. Fertilize 2-4 times per year with a balanced fertilizer.
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