Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'
Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' or red pencil succulent plant
Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' Firesticks, Red Pencil Tree

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'

Firesticks, Red Pencil Tree

It is a shrubby succulent plant from the Euphorbiaceae, spurge family. Its stem colors are bright red, orange, pink, or yellow. You can grow easily in a container garden but should be outdoor as it needs full sunlight. This shrubby succulent looks good, but due to its toxic nature, it should not be planted near sidewalks.


Key Features

  • Full sun

    It needs full sunlight to grow properly.

  • Grows in Summer

  • Not cold hardy

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Plant grows up to 5′ (1.5 m) wide

  • Plant grows up to 8′ (2.5 m) tall

  • Propagation by cuttings

    Usually by a leaf or stem cutting.

  • Toxic to humans and animals

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

    Use regular succulent watering methods. Don't know? Learn how to water succulents easily.

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

Details about Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' "Firesticks, Red Pencil Tree"

General Care for Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on fire' is a colorful plant. It looks great with other succulents. But as it is toxic, so you should plant and handle it with extra care. Read more about poisonous succulents.

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Stick on fire' plant is resilient to most pests and diseases. It is salt tolerant and needs less attention to grow. It is deer or rabbit resistant as well.

According to Wikipedia. The milky latex from Euphorbia tirucalli is toxic and is extremely irritating to the skin. Be careful while handling. Protect your hands and eyes especially. It can cause blindness. Skin contact causes very bad irritation, redness, and a burning sensation. If ingested, it can cause burns to the mouth, lips, and tongue. It is suggested to wear eye protection gear and gloves for handling the plant.

How much water does it need

'Sticks on fire' needs very less water like most succulents. You should allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.

Where to Plant 'Sticks on fire'

Euphorbia tirucalli can be easily grown in a container. But you should pot it in a larger container as it grows quickly and you'll need to re-pot it more often. The plant changes colors according to seasons. It shows most colors in the winter season.

'Sticks on fire' plant should be potted in an area that gets about 4 - 6 hours of direct sunlight.

The plant is toxic so it should be potted in a place where your children and pets do not roam often.

How to Propagate Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Like most succulents, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' is also best to regrow by stem cuttings. But be careful while handling it because it is toxic. You should wear gloves and take other precautions.

Propagate by stem cutting

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' is best to propagate by stem cuttings. But take precautions as it is a toxic plant.

First, wear some gloves and cut the stem with a sharp knife near the base. Dip the removed stem in water to stop latex. Keep the removed stem for a few days to dry and form a callous before plotting in well-drained soil.

Pairs Well With

Aeonium ‘Kiwi’

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