Euphorbia Trigona

Picture via hortology

Basic Info

Euphorbia Trigona is also commonly known as the African Milk Tree.  As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to around 1.8 m (36) tall. The main feature of the plant is the erect green to dark looking stem that produces leaves from the ribs. 

Care and Propagation Information


Euphorbia Trigona can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your The African Milk Tree healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Euphorbia Trigona

This succulent type is a rare one which blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy pink-orange flowers. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!

This page contains affiliate links.

Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown outdoor
  • Grows 1.8 m (6ft) tall
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: 
  • How to Water Succulent PlantsDoes not handle cold well
  • Prefers Zone 9a-11b -6.7 °C (20 F)
  • Best propagated by seeds or cuttings

Where to Plant

Euphorbia Trigona succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9a-11b which is around -6.7 °C (20 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant African Milk Tree in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Euphorbia Trigona 

The African Milk Tree can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.


How to Propagate Euphorbia Trigona From Cuttings

When propagating The African Milk Tree from cuttings, cut a leaf from the mother plant carefully with a clean knife or scissors. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate The African Milk Tree Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.