Native to South Africa, forms an erect club-shaped stem with squarish tubercles in rows resembling “corn cobs”. Branches freely with lateral “club-shaped” offsets. Stems have pinkish-brown persistent thorns that become purplish red with age. Responds well to warmth, with its active growth period in the late spring and summer months. Needs porous soil with adequate drainage. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch during active growing season. 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. 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. The normal form is green. This variegated form shows off shades of pink, white and green all blended together.