Easter, one of the Christmas plants par excellence

To celebrate Christmas in good conditions, the plants that will accompany us during these holidays cannot be missed. But it would be a shame if, after them, we throw them away or into the compost heap. Why not look for species that are resistant and easy to care for, with which we can decorate the garden or patio? One of them is the easter.

It produces flowers in such quantity that its leaves are almost completely hidden. And, do you know the best? It doesn’t need a lot of water. Did we discover it? : )

Origin and characteristics of the pascuita

View of the Euphorbia leucocephala

Our protagonist is an evergreen shrub that grows from southern Mexico to Nicaragua. Its scientific name is Euphorbia leucocephalaand the common Easter, Flower of child or Christmas. It is an evergreen shrub that reaches a height of up to 4 meters. Its leaves are whorled, elliptical-oblong, 2-7cm long by 1-3cm wide, glabrous on the upper surface and hairy to glabrescent on the underside.

The flowers, which sprout in winter, are formed by bracts (modified leaves) of white or cream colorand appear distributed in terminal inflorescences. The fruit is a capsule 5-6mm long, glabrous, with 3.5mm long seeds inside.

Like all Euphorbia, contains a latex that is toxic. Causes irritation and itching on contact with skin.

How do you take care of yourself?

View of the leaves of the Euphorbia leucocephala

If you want to acquire a copy, or if you have already done so, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:

  • Location: it can be both in full sun and in semi-shade.
  • Soil or substrate: it must have good drainage and be rich in organic matter.
  • Irrigation: every 5 days in summer, and every 6-7 days the rest of the year. If you have a plate underneath, you have to remove the excess water ten minutes after watering.
  • Subscriber: from spring to autumn with fertilizers for cacti and other succulents.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring.
  • Multiplication: by seeds or cuttings in spring.
  • Rusticity: it does not support frosts, only weak ones (down to -1ºC).

What did you think of the Easter?

Easter, one of the Christmas plants par excellence

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