Native to South Africa, is a fascinating plant with nearly spherical grayish-green stems with transverse bands of different shades of green. Often, especially in bright light, these bands can be an attractive contrasting purplish-bronze. Great conversation piece. Known as the “Basketball” plant. All Euphorbias contain a white sap that can be irritating to eyes and mucous membranes. If contact is made with this white sap, take care to not touch face or eyes before washing hands with soap and water. Responds well to warmth, with its active growth period in the late spring and summer months. Porous soil with adequate drainage. Requires bright light for best appearance, and should be given a winter resting period at which time less water should be given. Protect from frost.