Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a huge family including plants of many different kinds but the one I would mention now is Euphorhiu splentlcns. the Crown of Thorns, a species which bears scarlet bracts and sharp thorns. This will make a succulent, shrubby plant up to 3 fl. tall. It likes a sunny position

1.1THOPS

The lithops are the Living Stone or Pebble Plants, all natives of South-west Africa and intriguing in their mimicry of stones or pebbles as the common names suggest. Lithops alivuccu, with yellow flowers, isa species often grown. Drainage must be specially good for these plants. Thev need a fair amount of water between May and November but no water at all from then until April.

CEPHALOCERELS Some of the columnar woolly" cacti are of especial interest, like the striking Cephalocereus senilis or Old Man Cactus.

Cephalocereus Senilis

Repotting a cactus can be quite a hazardous job because of the sharp spines A strong paper collar wrapped round the base of the plant makes handling much easier and pottmg can then be carried out in the normal way

Repotting a cactus can be quite a hazardous job because of the sharp spines A strong paper collar wrapped round the base of the plant makes handling much easier and pottmg can then be carried out in the normal way

Cephalocereus Senilis

iithops olivácea

Conophytttm nobile

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Cephalocereus senilis

Sedum bellum

Euphorbia splendent which comes from Mexico. The long white hairs give it a distinctive appearance. This plant needs full sun and very careful, restrained watering. Extra lime added lo the compost is beneficial.

CONOPHYTUM

The conophytum are related to the Iithops and, like them, come from South-west Africa. These need plenty of sunshine and good drainage, a fair amount of water during August and September when they are growing and very little from then until July. Species grown include Conophytum hiiobum and C. nob He.

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