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Euphorbia clavaroides


Water Needs

low; water wise; drought hardy

Euphorbia clavaroides
Lions Spoor, Melkpol or Fingerpol

4 – 8 cm above ground and 8 – 20 cm in diameter


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade




yellow spring to autumn

Garden Situation

sun; semi-shade; rockery; sandy soils; dry soils; wildlife insects


rocky places; cliffs; hot dry; fynbos; bushveld savanna


thicket; subtropical east coast; karoo; succulent karoo; western cape; bushveld savanna

Rain Season

summer ; winter

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Euphorbia clavaroides, (lion’s spoor) form small cushions with with yellowish flowers (cyathium)from spring to autumn. This small succulent is said to resemble from afar the smoothed sandstone rocks so typical of its natural habitat. Close inspection reveals the delightful bright yellow flowers that cover these little mounds from spring to autumn. Plants provide food for baboon and other small animals. Plant shape helps protect it from high evaporation from hot, dry sun and wind. This is a dioecious speices (male and female on separate plants). Plants have a large tap root so require a deep pot for container cultivation. Plants exude a poisonous white, milky sap when damaged so take care when dealing with the plant; wear gloves and make sure not to get any sap in eyes or mouth.

Euphorbia clavaroides
Euphorbia clavaroides
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