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|Euphorbia greenwayi blue detail|

|Euphorbia greenwayi blue detail|

Here's a little plucky succulent Euphorbia I came across the other day. Euphorbia greenwayi blue. It looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel but in miniature.  Very not-of-this-earth cool!  It's perfectly at home in a small vessel on a hot sunny windowsill or outdoors planted in a well-draining dry garden bed where temps never go below freezing and the sun almost always shines.

|Euphorbia greenwayi blue profile|

|Euphorbia greenwayi blue profile|

This succulent sends up icy-blue whip-like stems adorned with rich thorns the color of the perfect pinot noir.  These stems can grow up to 18-24 inches/45-60 cm in length.  In their youth, the stems are festooned with purple blotches that fade to green as they mature.  They look like the teeny tiny arms of some mysterious beast from the bottom of the sea.  Growing it is easy.  Grow it in a soil that provides excellent drainage, give it bright light, and let its soil dry between waterings.  One important thing to note is that if any parts of this plant are broken or rupture they exude a caustic white milky sap, so handle with care.

The miniature majesty of this plant really turns on when sunlight hits those thorns.  We're talking some serious electric light orchestra beauty here.  The look is stylishly savage.  So if you're into it and you're feeling a little dangerous, tame the beast, and put some Euphorbia greenwayi blue into your life.