(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. This plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots)
Origin and habitat: South-west Madagascar
Description: Euphorbia alluaudi (Cat Tails Euphorbia) Is a succulent shrub or small tree made up of clusters of cylindrical, jointed, spineless branches. ultimately reach to 4(-6) meters though in containers. At the tips of the stems, small yellow flowers will appear in the spring and summer and the developing fruit is red and somewhat heart shaped.
Cultivation and propagation: It is an easy species to grow that is suited for any well drained soil in full sun. But young plant are happy growing indoors, where they can easily reach the ceiling. Give the plant an airy growing medium which mainly consists of non-organic material such us clay, pumice, lava grit, and only a little peat or leaf-mold. Water regularly during the active growing season from March to September. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the roots. Keep almost completely dry in winter. It is a moderately fast grower, and will quickly become large landscape masterpieces in just 3-5 years. It is a relatively fast growing and long lived plant and once established, it will be content in its position and with its soil for years.
Exposure: This plant has an excellent heat tolerance, and need full sun to light shade exposures, but can tolerate shade. However, shade grown plants will tend to produce fewer, and etiolated growth. The color of this plant is much more marked if grown in full sun. But if it is possible to keep the growth of this species compact, with denser, shorter stems such plants can be outright attractive.
Watering: Water regularly during the active growing season. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the roots. Keep almost completely dry in winter. Care must be given in watering, keeping them warm and wet while growing, and cooler and dry when dormant.
Hardiness: Frost tender, it can withstand temperatures only above 2º C.
Maintenance: Re-pot every two years. It like quite small pots, repot in early spring. It can be pruned for shape and branching and trim off the dead 'arms'.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz