Sticks on Fire

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’


The Sticks on Fire euphorbia has become one of the most popular succulent shrubs in Inland Empire landscapes in the past decade. This is due to the intensely colorful red and orange stems that develop in sunny exposures for year around garden interest. The stems dominate this plant; tiny leaves and flowers emerge for short periods of time and quickly disappear.

This is a popular container plant, as a focal element in succulent gardens, on banks and southwestern style plantings. Young plants are tender to frost and do best in warm and sunny microclimates. Like other Euphorbias, E. t. ‘Sticks on Fire’, has a poisonous sap that drips from cut stems and care must be taken when trimming this plant, including the use of protective eyewear.

Plant Type: Succulent
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Rigid, Open, Multi-trunk, Irregular branching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Red, Orange
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Specimen, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Banks, Background plant
Height: 4 ft. – 8 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 5 ft.