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Scientific Name: Euphorbia antisyphilitica Zucc.
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Candelilla (Euphorbia  antisyphilitica) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10-13, 18-20
USDA: 8-11

Frost Tolerance: Takes some frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Chihuahuan desert, USA (west Texas), Mexico (Durango, Chihuahua and Coahuila)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm); mostly leafless stems, 0.25 to 0.5 inches (6-12 mm)

Watering Needs: Little water when established


The stems of Candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) are coated with a wax that slows evaporation of precious water. Candelilla, which means little candle, has long spawned a cottage industry. Plants are boiled in large vats in order to extract and sell the high quality wax.
Warning: The candelilla sap is irritating.

Candelilla (Euphorbia  antisyphilitica)

Candelilla (Euphorbia  antisyphilitica)

Blooming Habits:
The flowers, in spring and summer, have a pinkish-red center becoming cream on the fringe.

Fruiting Habits:

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