Synadenium grantii /African Milk Bush

Synadenium grantii  / Synadenium grantii
Large bold leaves with dark red spots
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Large bold leaves with dark red spots

Foliage and green, cactus-like stems

Profile of foliage and stems

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Scientific Name: Synadenium grantii
Common Name: African Milk Bush
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a plant that produces fleshy stems and large chartreuse colored leaves with tiny specks of red in the foliage. When broken plant exudes a milky sap. The sap can be toxic or cause a rash. This is an excellent plant to feature in containers. Plant in a well drained soil mix that contains a generous amount of sand and keep the soil moderately dry, otherwise rot will occur. Plants cannot tolerate freezing temperatures.