Candelabra Spurge

24 August 2015

„cardón“ - Magnificent Master of Survival



candelabra spurge

Euphorbia canariensis

The Canary endemite with its typical cactus-like look protect itself with a toxic milk-like sap and thorns. It manages to blossom, even in very dry conditions.

Euphorbia canariensis

kandelaberwolfsmilch-cardon-euphorbia-canariensis-la-palmaThe candelabra surge is a Canary endemite, which is mainly found on the central Canary Islands.

The drought tolerant candelabra plant, Euphorbia Canariensis, reminds of a cactus.

It is protected by a white, toxic milky sap inside in the rising candle-like arms, roots and fruits.

Moreover, shoots have short thorns.


At coastal areas the candelabra surge partially form a dense growth and are called „cardonales“.

On La Palma the protected area between Tenagua and Martín Luis (Puntallana) is known for their presence.

Next to the „cardones“ the volcano hills are overgrown with specimen of euphorbia balsamifera, periploca plant as well as shrubs of the fragrant Canary goarse.


The plant can grow up to 3 meters and, depending on its location, flowers at different times of the year.

Triangular-shaped Fruits

During hot summer months up in the succulent zone (100 - 300m) where even most of the euphorbias shed leaves, the candelabra surge drives out illusory booms.


Red triangular-shaped fruits form

The plant is protected and is mainly cultivated in gardens. 



Photos: Ines Dietrich

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