Full Sun; Shade
Winter - Spring
Remove frost damaged stems. To control growth keep dry around perimeter
Baja Spurge is a fast growing tall bamboo like shrub that in my yard has frequently been mistaken for milkweed because of it's green pencil like stems. Spreading through rhizomes and self-seeding it can form a large dense stands. The fragrant small white to pink flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Native to sea bluffs, dunes, rocky washes and slopes in central to southern Baja California and coastal Sonora. In it's native habitat the flowering season occurs after the winter rain season.
Stems are sensitive to frost damage at about 20 degrees but the roots are much more hardy.
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.