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Firesticks or Sticks on Fire

Firesticks or Sticks on Fire

Euphorbia tirucali

Sticks of Fire, more traditionally called Fire Stick Euphorbia, are some of the most unique and wonderful desert native plant specimens around. Sticks of Fire have such a unique color and structure, it’s practically a coral reef for desert landscapes. The Sticks of Fire maintain an orange and green color during most months, but turn fiery red in the winter, then returning to a lighter green in the summer. This color display is an unusual but welcome sight in the winter when most desert landscapes are lacking in extravagance. Also known as the Red Pencil Tree, Firesticks has numerous pencil thin branches that are bright red during cool temperatures, then fading to a golden copper color in summer. Sap in plants may cause irritation to skin and eyes. Poisonous if ingested.

Uses: Landscape, Containers, Rock gardens

Full Sun

Zone 9-11

Height 3-4′

 

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