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Monday, 11 January 2016

Growing Euphorbia Viguieri Ankarafantsiensis In My Garden.

This long name is quite a mouthful for me to pronounce - Euphorbia Viguieri ankarafantsiensis! Some gardening experts from the gardening groups helped me identify this plant and came up with this long name. On my own effort, I would never be able to identify this plant. A big 'Thank you' to all the helpful people who helped with the identification.
I first saw this plant at my friend's parent's house in Taiping.
We were visiting with our friend who took us along for a day trip to Taiping.
Her mom has many of this cactus plants inside and outside of her compound.
Some of her plants are about 4 feet tall.
So kind of her mom to dig out a baby plant from the ground for me.
She was very generous and wanted to give me more but I declined.
One is enough for me due to limited space in my garden.
The baby plant has branched out into three and it is growing beautifully in a medium sized pot in my garden. My plant is now more than a foot tall. I like the pink colour on the leaves.
Most of the time the leaf base will be pink like in the photos but sometimes the whole leaves will be pink too.
The stem is full of fine needles or fine prickly hairs.
The base of the stem is small but it gets bigger as it grows taller. I wonder how tall it will grow when it is planted in a pot.
I grow the plant in normal garden soil and I water it daily except when it rains.
It is easy to maintain and so far, it has been pest free.
I feed it with fertilizer once in every 2 to 3 weeks.
 The leaves are about 8 inches long. I think if it is planted in the ground the plant will be taller and the leaves will be longer. 
So far I have not seen any blooms and I do not know whether this is a flowering plant or not.
 The deep pink attractive centre more than make up for the lack of blooms.
 These photos were taken after a downpour.
This one looks like a clear crystal sticking onto the leaf.

Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal.

It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.

(Job 28:17, NLT)

56 comments:

  1. I also do not know how to pronounce the name...

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    1. Ha ha Sharon, me too! Too long and too difficult to pronounce.

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    1. Thank you, Roja for your visit. Have a pleasant day!

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  3. I like the beautiul leaves but I don't think I want to plant. Too many fine needles. Scared being prick.

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    1. Hi Irene, initially I didn't want to plant anything prickly but the beauty of the plant won my heart.

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  4. That's really lovely, a fine plant indeed.

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    1. Thank you, Blogoratti. Have a lovely day!

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  5. Wonderful leaves but scary needles.
    Enjoying your shots, Nancy especially those crystal drops.

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    1. Thank you, Lina. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. I love the shot of scarlet on the leaves, such beauty.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. Have a beautiful day!

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  7. Wow...that is indeed a beautiful cactus, with a name that I find hard to remember! ^.^

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I just call it pink leaves cactus plant..lol!

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  8. What a beautiful plant- I love the coloring. I imagine it might grow much bigger planted in the ground, but it looks perfect in the pot. I don't think I have seen this particular plant, but something similar.

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    1. Thank you, Terri. This is not a common plant because I only get to see it in my friend's parents' house.

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  9. Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a great day!

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  10. What a nice garden collection you have.

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    1. Thank you, Catherine. Have a wonderful day!

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  11. Hello, what a lovely plant. I like the colorful leaves. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. Happy Monday and enjoy your new week too!

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  12. Hello Nancy!:)It is a very attractive plant. Be careful not to prick your fingers on those spikes!!:)

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    1. Thank you, Breathtaking. Oh yes, I will be very careful with those spikes.

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  13. From looking at the leaves I was surprised to find out it was really a cactus. It's doing really well in your care.Have a great day,
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. It is easy to care for plant.

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  14. I have not seen this plant before. The pink in the middle is so pretty.

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    1. Hi Mun, I also have not seen this plant in the nursery or friends' house.

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  15. So beautiful, I love the colours and patterns!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a lovely day!

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  16. the top of the plant looks so different than the cactus stems. very pretty!

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    1. Yes, Theresa. It was the top of the plant that attracted me and not the pricky stems.

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  17. I love the pink in the fresh green!

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    1. Thank you, Marleen. Same with me too!

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  18. Ankara in its name would suggest Turkey.

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    1. Thank you, William. I wonder what is the meaning of Ankara.....

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  19. I love the pink in the leaves too! It nearly looks like a bloom! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. That was what makes me want to grow this plant.

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  20. So pretty. I love pink...and that's just enough pink to make them pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. And it is a very beautiful pink.

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  21. Cacti's are wonderful in the correct area. Some flowers are ever so pretty. The leave are a lovely shade.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. It is just so amazing that there are so many varieties of cacti.

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  22. It's rather beautiful with the bright pink centre.

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    1. Thank you, dear and I fully agree with you.

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  23. It is a beautiful plant...I would never have guessed it had all those pricklies by looking at the leaves.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Initially I didn't want this plant when I saw those pricklies but when I looked at the beautiful pink centre, I changed my mind.

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  24. This is very unique plant, I really like how it combines green & pink colors! Wishing you lovely week!

    Tanya
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    1. Thank you, Tanya. Have a lovely week too!

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  25. Nancy, the pinkish parts of the leaves is very attractive!

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. That was what attracted me to this plant.

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  26. The pink parts are pretty. Don't like the thorns though.

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    1. Ha ha Stacy, the pretty pink parts made me choose to overlook the thorns.

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  27. a beautiful plant for sure. But sticky down those beautiful petals :)

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    1. Thank you, dear. It is a very interesting plant. The beautiful leaves camouflaged the prickly needles!

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  28. Wow it's amazing dear:) kiss

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    1. Thank you, De. Have a beautiful weekend!

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