Origin and care
The family name of the Euphorbia Ingens is Euphorbiaceae and the plant is originally from South Africa. The Euphorbia requires a lot of sunlight. Like to keep the plant dry, only water slightly during the growing period. You can leave it dry for a few days between waterings. In the winter even one or two weeks.
It is mistakenly believed that this euphorbia (succulent plant) is a cactus.
The big difference with a cactus is in the sap inside the plant. Cacti, which live in an arid climate, have a reservoir inside to store moisture during periods of extreme drought. In cacti, that moisture consists of water, in the Euphorbia ingens, on the other hand, there is a milky moisture. Hence the Dutch name spurge.
The Euphorbia ingens is originally an African plant, while cacti grow in America.
The thorns grow straight from the leaf. In cacti, the spines grow on a kind of pillow-shaped nodule or leaf cushion (areole).
If the plant grows too large, you can cut off part of the trunk with a sharp knife. You can replant the cut part in warm moist soil. This way they can regrow roots. Before placing in the soil, let it dry for a few days.
The Euphorbia Ingens is also called a cowboy cactus.