symmetrica is a beautifully flattened sphere with horizontal purplish
banding and very similar to
Unusual in cultivation it is still rare to find.
Description: This plant can look nearly
Euphorbia obesa, but rounder, flatter and not growing as tall
(dimension up to 6 cm , 8 cm diameter; 8 to 10-sided) It has usually
more, somewhat different, markings. The flowers are also more numerous
with several from each point of origin, it has as well a distinctive
Euphorbia symmetrica became a subspecies under
These species are closely related and for an outsider its very difficult
to distinguish them. Even better would be to place them as a variety
instead of a subspecies because at many places intermediate populations
can be found. A definite population consists of a collection of variable
forms. The difference between populations is the frequency of the
appearance in which these forms do occur. So can it be be that two
individuals of two different populations look very similar and also, two
plants of the same population can look very different. However when you
are looking at the whole population, you can see the difference of the
population with another one.
Cultivation: Like a sunny position. It does best
in a mineral soil, good drainage is essential. Water sparingly during
the summer months and keep dry in winter. It is a slow growing long
lived plant and once established, it will be content in its position and
with its soil for years. It can tolerate moderate shade, and a plant
that has been growing in shade should be slowly hardened off before
placing it in full sun as the plant will be severely scorched if moved
too suddenly from shade into sun.
It is propagated from seed sown during spring or summer. Flowering can be achieved within 5-8 years.
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