Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Stick on Fire’ is a shrub or small tree. It has succulent branches. It is part of the Euphorbiaceae family of plants. It grows in semi-arid tropical climates. It is native to Africa and Arabian Peninsula. It produces a toxic latex that can cause blindness. It is best to use protection such as gloves and eye protection when handling this plant. They also call it Fire Sticks, Red Pencil Tree, Pencil Tree, Milkbush, Milk Bush, Finger Tree, Sticks of Fire ‘Rosea‘, or Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’.
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Stick on Fire’ can grow up to 2.4m or 8ft tall. It has a fleshy stem and succulent branches or twigs. It has small oval leaves that fall off. Euphorbia tirucalli also grows tiny yellow flowers at the end of the branches.
How to grow Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Stick on Fire’:
It is easy to grow and care for. Grow Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Stick on Fire’ in the sun. Plant it in dry to medium moisture but well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant. It tolerates dry or poor soil. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. It also tolerates salt, rabbits, and deers. Propagate from cuttings.
They use Euphorbia tirucalli in traditional medicine in many parts of the world. They treat asthma, earache, and toothache and claims to treat cancer. However, research shows that it suppresses the immune system and promotes tumor growth. So it actually could cause certain types of cancer rather than cure it. They are also researching using Euphorbia tirucalli latex as fuel.