Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata
Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata

Introducing the Euphorbia ammak variegata, a variety of the African candelabra (Euphorbia ammak). Apart from the Variegated African candelabra, this desert cactus has several other common names such as the Variegated Euphorbia, Candelabra Cactus, ghost euphorbia, variegated candelabra spurge, and African Milk Tree. These names reflect its distinctive candelabra-like growth pattern and milky white sap.  


The Euphorbia ammak variegata has tall, columnar four-winged stems with beautiful, variegated patterns of green and cream.

Native to the Saudi Arabia peninsula and Yemen, this moderately fast-growing Euphorbia succulent can reach heights of up to 15-20 feet, making it a real showstopper in any garden or indoor space.

Belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family,  Euphorbia ammak has a short trunk and upright branches.  

When it comes to flowers, the Euphorbia ammak produces small, greenish-yellow blooms during the summer, that are arranged in clusters at the top of the stems. The Euphorbia flowering can add a touch of color to the plant, but it's not the main attraction.  

The branched candelabra Euphorbia can be propagated from seeds or by taking stem cuttings.  It's always a good idea to wear gloves and protective eyewear when working with euphorbias.   

The Euphorbia ammak crest is a stunning green form of Euphorbia ammak African Candelabra, with a distinctive, wavy, and crested growth pattern, often forming fan-like or brain-like shapes, adding visual interest.  

Watering Needs  

When it comes to watering the Euphorbia ammak, it's important to follow a "soak and dry" method. You should thoroughly water the plant until water drains out from the bottom of the pot, allowing the soil to become completely dry.   

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, you can aim to water your plant every two to three weeks. During the dormant period, Euphorbia ammak requires minimal watering. It is important to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot.  

Remember, it's better to underwater than overwater this plant. If you're unsure whether to water it or not, it's safer to wait a bit longer rather than risk overwatering. If the leaves appear plump and healthy, it's a good sign that the plant is hydrated enough.  

Light Requirements  

When grown indoors, the Euphorbia ammak loves bright, indirect light. Place it near a window where it can receive plenty of filtered sunlight throughout the day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as the intense rays can scorch its leaves. If you notice that the plant starts stretching or leaning toward the light source, it might be an indication that it needs more light.  

If you decide to move your Euphorbia ammak outdoors, it will thrive in full sun or partial shade for at least 4-6 hours a day. It can handle quite a bit of direct sunlight, but it's always a good idea to acclimate the plant gradually to prevent sunburn. Start by placing it in an area with partial shade and gradually expose it to more sunlight over a few weeks.  

Keep in mind that variegated leaves can be more sensitive to intense sunlight, so it's essential to monitor the plant and make adjustments accordingly.  

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs  

When it comes to soil, your Euphorbia ammak prefers well-draining soil that mimics its natural habitat. A mix of cactus potting soil and perlite or pumice works great. Planet Desert specializes in succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil.  

Euphorbia ammak is not a heavy feeder, so you don't need to fertilize it frequently. In the spring, during the active growing season, you can fertilize it once a year with a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents.   

Remember, it's crucial to thoroughly water the plant before applying fertilizer to prevent root burn and ensure optimal growth.  

Hardiness Zone & more  

When it comes to indoor temperature, the Euphorbia ammak thrives in warm temperatures between 65°F and 85°F. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but it's best to avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F for extended periods. Keep in mind that sudden temperature drops or drafts can stress the plant, so try to maintain a consistent temperature in its surroundings.  

For outdoor cultivation, the Euphorbia ammak variegata is suitable in USDA zones 9-11. If you live in a colder zone, you can still enjoy the beauty of the Euphorbia ammak variegata by growing it as a houseplant or in containers that you can move indoors during the colder months.   

As for humidity, this plant is quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity levels. It can handle average indoor humidity levels, but it's always a good idea to provide some extra humidity during dry winter months or if you live in a particularly dry climate. You can achieve this by placing a tray filled with water near the plant or by using a humidifier.  

Final Thoughts  

Overall, the Euphorbia ammak variegata (variegated African Candelabra) is a stunning succulent plant that adds a touch of elegance to any garden or indoor space. With its tall, columnar form and creamy-white variegation, it is a true eye-catcher. While its flowers may be small and inconspicuous, the plant's unique candelabra-like growth pattern and striking appearance make it a standout feature. The plant thrives in bright indirect light and well-draining soil, requiring minimal care and sparing watering to prevent root rot and allow soil to dry out between waterings. Be sure to add Euphorbia ammak variegata African candelabra to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden, with this stunning looking plant.  

Bloom Season Summer
Botanical Name Euphorbia ammak 'Variegata'
Common Name Variegated African candelabra, Ammak cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower Color Yellow, Green
Genus Euphorbia
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 20 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide
Native Area Saudi Arabia , Yemen
Plant Type Evergreen Succulent
Propagation By cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type well-draining soil mix
Special Features Easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Euphorbia ammak Variegata

Euphorbia ammak is a fairly easy plant to care for, but like any succulent plant, it can be susceptible to pests and common problems. The most common are:

Mealybugs: These small white insects can infest the plant, especially in the nooks and crannies of its stems. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or consider using an insecticidal soap.  

Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause webbing on the plant and damage its leaves. Regularly misting the plant and keeping it in a humid environment can help prevent spider mite infestations.  

Root rot: Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot in the Euphorbia ammak. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and allow it to dry out slightly between waterings.  

Leaf drop: This can occur due to environmental changes, such as sudden temperature fluctuations or drafts. Keep the plant in a stable environment to minimize leaf drop.  

Sunburn: The Euphorbia plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Exposing it to direct sunlight for extended periods can cause sunburn on its leaves. Gradually introduce it to brighter light to avoid this issue.  

Prickly spines: Be cautious when handling the Euphorbia ammak, as it has sharp spines that can cause skin irritation. Wear gloves or use a towel when necessary.  

Remember, prevention is key to keeping your plant healthy. Regularly inspect your Euphorbia ammak variegata for any signs of pests or problems, and take appropriate action if needed.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you care for Euphorbia Ammak ?

    - Place your Euphorbia plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight.

    - Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

    - Use well-draining soil to prevent waterlogged roots.

    - Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

    - Protect the plant from extreme temperatures and frost outside the USDA zones 9-11.

    - Fertilize the plant sparingly during the growing season with a balanced, diluted fertilizer.

    - Prune any dead or damaged stems to maintain their shape and appearance.

    - Handle your Euphorbia ammak with care, wearing gloves to protect against the toxic sap.

    - Keep the plant away from children and pets due to its toxicity.

  • Can Euphorbia Ammak take full sun?

    Yes, the Euphorbia ammak can tolerate full sun. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, but it can also handle direct sunlight for at least 4-6 hours each day. Just make sure to acclimate the plant gradually to prevent sunburn.

  • Is Euphorbia Ammak poisonous?

    Yes, the Euphorbia ammak is considered to be mildly toxic for both humans and pests. It contains a milky sap that can irritate skin and is harmful if ingested. It's important to handle the plant with care and keep it away from children and pets.

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Variegated African Candelabra - Euphorbia ammak variegata

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Introducing the Euphorbia ammak variegata, a variety of the African candelabra (Euphorbia ammak). Apart from the Variegated African candelabra, this desert cactus has several other common names such as the Variegated Euphorbia, Candelabra Cactus, ghost euphorbia, variegated candelabra spurge, and African Milk Tree. These names reflect its distinctive candelabra-like growth pattern and milky white sap.  


The Euphorbia ammak variegata has tall, columnar four-winged stems with beautiful, variegated patterns of green and cream.

Native to the Saudi Arabia peninsula and Yemen, this moderately fast-growing Euphorbia succulent can reach heights of up to 15-20 feet, making it a real showstopper in any garden or indoor space.

Belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family,  Euphorbia ammak has a short trunk and upright branches.  

When it comes to flowers, the Euphorbia ammak produces small, greenish-yellow blooms during the summer, that are arranged in clusters at the top of the stems. The Euphorbia flowering can add a touch of color to the plant, but it's not the main attraction.  

The branched candelabra Euphorbia can be propagated from seeds or by taking stem cuttings.  It's always a good idea to wear gloves and protective eyewear when working with euphorbias.   

The Euphorbia ammak crest is a stunning green form of Euphorbia ammak African Candelabra, with a distinctive, wavy, and crested growth pattern, often forming fan-like or brain-like shapes, adding visual interest.  

Watering Needs  

When it comes to watering the Euphorbia ammak, it's important to follow a "soak and dry" method. You should thoroughly water the plant until water drains out from the bottom of the pot, allowing the soil to become completely dry.   

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, you can aim to water your plant every two to three weeks. During the dormant period, Euphorbia ammak requires minimal watering. It is important to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot.  

Remember, it's better to underwater than overwater this plant. If you're unsure whether to water it or not, it's safer to wait a bit longer rather than risk overwatering. If the leaves appear plump and healthy, it's a good sign that the plant is hydrated enough.  

Light Requirements  

When grown indoors, the Euphorbia ammak loves bright, indirect light. Place it near a window where it can receive plenty of filtered sunlight throughout the day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as the intense rays can scorch its leaves. If you notice that the plant starts stretching or leaning toward the light source, it might be an indication that it needs more light.  

If you decide to move your Euphorbia ammak outdoors, it will thrive in full sun or partial shade for at least 4-6 hours a day. It can handle quite a bit of direct sunlight, but it's always a good idea to acclimate the plant gradually to prevent sunburn. Start by placing it in an area with partial shade and gradually expose it to more sunlight over a few weeks.  

Keep in mind that variegated leaves can be more sensitive to intense sunlight, so it's essential to monitor the plant and make adjustments accordingly.  

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs  

When it comes to soil, your Euphorbia ammak prefers well-draining soil that mimics its natural habitat. A mix of cactus potting soil and perlite or pumice works great. Planet Desert specializes in succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil.  

Euphorbia ammak is not a heavy feeder, so you don't need to fertilize it frequently. In the spring, during the active growing season, you can fertilize it once a year with a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents.   

Remember, it's crucial to thoroughly water the plant before applying fertilizer to prevent root burn and ensure optimal growth.  

Hardiness Zone & more  

When it comes to indoor temperature, the Euphorbia ammak thrives in warm temperatures between 65°F and 85°F. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but it's best to avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F for extended periods. Keep in mind that sudden temperature drops or drafts can stress the plant, so try to maintain a consistent temperature in its surroundings.  

For outdoor cultivation, the Euphorbia ammak variegata is suitable in USDA zones 9-11. If you live in a colder zone, you can still enjoy the beauty of the Euphorbia ammak variegata by growing it as a houseplant or in containers that you can move indoors during the colder months.   

As for humidity, this plant is quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity levels. It can handle average indoor humidity levels, but it's always a good idea to provide some extra humidity during dry winter months or if you live in a particularly dry climate. You can achieve this by placing a tray filled with water near the plant or by using a humidifier.  

Final Thoughts  

Overall, the Euphorbia ammak variegata (variegated African Candelabra) is a stunning succulent plant that adds a touch of elegance to any garden or indoor space. With its tall, columnar form and creamy-white variegation, it is a true eye-catcher. While its flowers may be small and inconspicuous, the plant's unique candelabra-like growth pattern and striking appearance make it a standout feature. The plant thrives in bright indirect light and well-draining soil, requiring minimal care and sparing watering to prevent root rot and allow soil to dry out between waterings. Be sure to add Euphorbia ammak variegata African candelabra to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden, with this stunning looking plant.  

Bloom Season Summer
Botanical Name Euphorbia ammak 'Variegata'
Common Name Variegated African candelabra, Ammak cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower Color Yellow, Green
Genus Euphorbia
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 20 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide
Native Area Saudi Arabia , Yemen
Plant Type Evergreen Succulent
Propagation By cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type well-draining soil mix
Special Features Easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Euphorbia ammak Variegata

Euphorbia ammak is a fairly easy plant to care for, but like any succulent plant, it can be susceptible to pests and common problems. The most common are:

Mealybugs: These small white insects can infest the plant, especially in the nooks and crannies of its stems. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or consider using an insecticidal soap.  

Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause webbing on the plant and damage its leaves. Regularly misting the plant and keeping it in a humid environment can help prevent spider mite infestations.  

Root rot: Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot in the Euphorbia ammak. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and allow it to dry out slightly between waterings.  

Leaf drop: This can occur due to environmental changes, such as sudden temperature fluctuations or drafts. Keep the plant in a stable environment to minimize leaf drop.  

Sunburn: The Euphorbia plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Exposing it to direct sunlight for extended periods can cause sunburn on its leaves. Gradually introduce it to brighter light to avoid this issue.  

Prickly spines: Be cautious when handling the Euphorbia ammak, as it has sharp spines that can cause skin irritation. Wear gloves or use a towel when necessary.  

Remember, prevention is key to keeping your plant healthy. Regularly inspect your Euphorbia ammak variegata for any signs of pests or problems, and take appropriate action if needed.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you care for Euphorbia Ammak ?

    - Place your Euphorbia plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight.

    - Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

    - Use well-draining soil to prevent waterlogged roots.

    - Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

    - Protect the plant from extreme temperatures and frost outside the USDA zones 9-11.

    - Fertilize the plant sparingly during the growing season with a balanced, diluted fertilizer.

    - Prune any dead or damaged stems to maintain their shape and appearance.

    - Handle your Euphorbia ammak with care, wearing gloves to protect against the toxic sap.

    - Keep the plant away from children and pets due to its toxicity.

  • Can Euphorbia Ammak take full sun?

    Yes, the Euphorbia ammak can tolerate full sun. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, but it can also handle direct sunlight for at least 4-6 hours each day. Just make sure to acclimate the plant gradually to prevent sunburn.

  • Is Euphorbia Ammak poisonous?

    Yes, the Euphorbia ammak is considered to be mildly toxic for both humans and pests. It contains a milky sap that can irritate skin and is harmful if ingested. It's important to handle the plant with care and keep it away from children and pets.

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