Single stem columnar cactus with large red stemmed leaves at top
by Christina Vincent
(Panama City, FL)
This plant is 15" tall, never blooms and drops and regrows light green ribbed oval-shaped leaves on red stems 5"x2" from top crown.
Two columnar lobes grow from each other and are lined with 1/8" fine thorns. I purchased this plant at Home Depot because it was so unusual. It had no identification tags.
I am a master gardener and have never found anyone who could identify this plant. Any idea?
Hi Christine, I wonder if it's possibly some type of Euphorbia - it seems to resemble some of the types that grow in the same way as Poinsettia. Does it bleed white sap? If so then I'm going to lean towards that option. The leaf shape kind of indicates that too. The ones that seem to me to be the closest are these:
African Milk Bush
The stem sure is cool with the leaf scars making the pattern.
Hope this helps,