Candelabra Cactus

The Candelabra Cactus, scientifically known as Euphorbia ingens, stands as a striking testament to the resilience and beauty of desert flora. Native to southern Africa, this succulent marvel is characterized by its upright, columnar growth resembling a candelabrum. Its segmented stems are lined with clusters of thorns, providing a distinctive silhouette against the arid landscape.

Candelabra Cacti are known for their remarkable ability to store water, enabling them to thrive in the harsh conditions of their native environment. The stems, resembling branches, extend vertically and can reach considerable heights. During favorable conditions, small, inconspicuous flowers may appear at the ends of the stems.

Adaptable and low-maintenance, the Candelabra Cactus is a popular choice for arid and xeriscape gardens, as well as indoor succulent collections. However, care should be taken to provide well-draining soil and adequate sunlight to mimic its natural habitat. While its regal presence adds an architectural flair to any setting, it’s essential to handle this plant with care, as the milky sap it produces can be irritating to the skin and toxic if ingested. With its striking form and desert charm, the Candelabra Cactus remains a captivating addition for enthusiasts seeking a touch of the arid wilderness.


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Pot Size


Approx Height (incl pot)


Common Name

Candelabra Cactus

Latin Name

Euphorbia ingens


Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the growing season (spring and summer), water sparingly, and reduce watering in the dormant winter months.
Water at the base of the plant, avoiding the stem and leaves to prevent rot and fungal issues.


Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing in winter.


Candelabra Cacti prefer low humidity, typical of arid environments. Avoid placing them in overly humid conditions.

Light Requirements

Provide bright, direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. Candelabra Cacti are native to sunny, arid regions and thrive in intense sunlight.

Toxic to Cats/Dogs/Children

This plant is toxic if consumed, Wear gloves when pruning due to toxic sap.


Maintain warm temperatures between 18-27°Cduring the day. Protect the cactus from temperatures below 10°C, as it is not frost-tolerant.

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