Friday, March 18, 2011

ON THE STREET WHERE I LIVE

              The show stopper you see before you is an EUPHORBIA TRIUCALLII, commonly called a pencil cactus and in this case a coral pencil cactus. Typically green, this color was introduced about ten years ago, which given full sun stays this orange pink. As beautiful as it is, be careful, it has a white milky sap that is toxic. If you work with it, wash your hands and never get it in your eyes. Trust me, never get it your eyes. I did and for about two hours I wanted to die. It was like watching The Joy Luck Club, Old Yeller, Madame X, Imitation Of Life, and the death of Bambi's mother, all in one sitting. You get the picture. Enjoy the plant, just don't touch.




19 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Oh that is one beautiful specimen. I had one at my last place, but the hard frost in California got it one winter even though I covered it up, better in Southern California.

Ian said...

Hi Kevin,
This is a wonderful plant.You are being a "mentalist" as I just took a batch of cuttings from my plant this week. cheers Ian

Barbara said...

Oh man, can I get a cutting? Where can I find this amazing succulent???

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh..my that's incredible. I've never seen this before!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi kevin,

you kill me.

xo

Charlotte said...

Such a California-looking plant, Kevin! Wowsers.

little augury said...

a vision, so like coral. I love euphorbia- and have had great luck with some in the sunny South. this one is stunning-if a plant can be so-this one is It. pgt

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I could see this in your back yard, against that stunning aqua wall!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Stunning! Beautiful and dangerous...all is drama out there in Hollywood, huh? I'm glad you included a warning as I've never seen this plant before and would have immediately begun touching it!
Catherine

24 Corners said...

Nature's beauty is so full of surprises...the plant looks like it's on fire, just amazing! I wonder if it would grow next to mushrooms and moss very well.
xo J~

amy said...

LOVE this plant. was given one once and kept it alive inside for a while. then i killed it. accidentally. kevin, you make me laugh and you show me pretty things. come over.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Hello again, Kevin -

I answered you on my site but will repeat it here to save you a trip.

Thank you so much.
The Blackbeard Project is in the works. I'm doing it in film format - another self-taught endeavor - and hoped to have it finished this weekend but I ran into a few obstacles and I'm going back to square one. I hope it will be ready by the end of the coming week. I will upload it to youtube.

Enjoy this gorgeous day. I'm heading into the kitchen to make manicotti and meatballs.

Catherine

Kathy said...

K...I love that you see these things...you get it...and you post...k

annie said...

Yes, that is beautiful, but honestly I don't think I have it in me to deal with it. I'll enjoy from a distance. Thanks.

Mick said...

Oh Kev, its thorny cousin grows wild all around the border of the yard at the Casablanca, I hate it because its sprouts break of and they all sport sharp little needles. but does this coral cacti have needles? or do my eyes decive me?

Stephen said...

Ours lives indoors except for July-September & it is lime green.

Yours is quite the showoff.

David Toms said...

I have never seen this before! It is beautiful!

Mlle Paradis said...

gorgeous - how fast does it grow?

Design Junkie said...

Holy crap! That is a gorgeous plant. I've never seen one.