Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ is a unique-looking succulent with fan-shaped branches that grow in an almost undulating pattern. The stem and branches range in color from vibrant green to blue-gray or even silver. When stressed, the edges of the wavy branches can even develop a hue of pinkIt’s worth noting that although Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ looks like a cactus, it’s technically just a succulent. Remember, all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. The main difference in terms of this particular plant is that it doesn’t handle long periods of drought well.
Euphorbia lactea ‘Cristata’ should be watered anytime the soil is dry below the surface. During particularly hot or dry weather, this may mean watering your succulent as often as every week. Gardeners that live in more humid climates may find themselves watering their plants less frequently.
Crested Euphorbia prefer to be watered deeply but avoid allowing your plant to sit in standing water. Standing water or overly wet soil is a surefire way to encourage root rot to set in. Once the roots begin to rot, it’s likely that you won’t notice until it’s too late to save the plant.
You should also avoid allowing your Crested Euphorbia to dry out too much between watering. Despite its cactus-like appearance, this plant doesn’t tolerate long periods of drought.
Crested Euphorbia prefers full sunlight, but they will do well in partial shade if necessary. They thrive when grown indoors, but can also be grown outdoors if the climate is warm enough.