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Basic Info

Euphorbia polygona ‘Snowflakes’ is best known to be a beautiful looking succulent. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to around 61 cm (24″) tall and about 30 cm (12″) in diameter. The plant is best known for the green to light green stem with brown around the ribs. When it finally blooms expect dark purple flowers.

Scientific Classification

Family: Euhorbiaceae
Subfamily: Euphorbioideae
Tribe: euphorbieae
Subtripe: Euphorbiinae
Genus: Euphorbia

Care and Propagation Information



When watering the Euphorbia polygona (or the snowflake) be careful it is a plant that is sensitive to over-watering. It is a plant that needs to be thoroughly drenched in water and dried before watering again. The plant should be water mostly between Spring to Fall, let the plant dry thoroughly before watering again. If you need to know about watering your succulents, please check this guide: How to Water Succulent Plants

General Care for Euphorbia polygona ‘Snowflake’


What kind of a plant carer should select the Euphorbia polygona ‘Snow flake’? It is perfect for a beginner plant grower. The plant does best when cared for indoor in a proper light home. If planted outdoors, it creates small clusters all around it, especially if planted in a rock garden.

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Quick Facts:

  • Thrives best inside in a proper lit-room.
  • Needs a similar amount of water as other succulents.
  • Can die easily if overwatered.
  • Becomes 61 cm ( 24″) tall
  • Reaches up to 30.5 cm (12″) wide
  • Best zone is 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Best propagated with leaves and offsets 
  • Handle with care can be harmful to animals and people
  • Grows best during Spring and Fall

Where to Plant

Snowflake is a plant that grows easiest in free-draining gritty compost. The plant does not handle cold well, so if you live an area that is colder than 6°C ( 20°F) use a succulent container. It makes it easier to transport the plant indoor and outdoor.

Euphorbia polygona is a plant that requires up to 6 hours of sun when planted inside keep it on a window ledge. That means a south-facing window for most of us.

How to Plant Succulents guide will help you to learn to plant them efficiently!

How to Propagate Euphorbia polygona ‘Snowflakes’

Learning how to propagate Euphorbia polygona ‘Snowflake’, begin by selecting a sturdy, healthy leaf. Then remove the stem from the main plant, cut the stem off with a sharp knife. Snowflake is one of the species that easily drop its leaves; it can, however, be challenging to grow a large specimen.

Once the leaf is off the Euphorbia polygona, let it sit for a few days before placing in nutritious and well-drained soil. The soil should be drenched thoroughly, never let the soil dry. Once the plant’s root has started to appear, let the plant take its time to grow.

Origin and Habitat

Euphorbia polygona Is known to be native to South Africa (Eastern Cape).

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