Euphorbia cereiformis: How to Grow and Care for Milk Barrel Cactus

Euphorbia cereiformis Milk Barrel Cactus

Scientific name: Euphorbia cereiformis

Common name: Milk Barrel Cactus

TheMilk Barrel Cactus has up to 15 ribs. The peduncles are covered by dried flower stalks. The crown of flowers will form when the plant is in bloom. It grows well indoors, and will produce many offsets.

Quick Look at Euphorbia cereiformis

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent. See below for additional information
  • Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 4″ (10 cm) wide
  • Zone 12a (Minimum 50° F | 10° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by offsets
  • Can be toxic to humans and animals
  • Winter Dormant

General Care for Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus”

TheMilk Barrel Cactus is a fast-growing plant that does well indoors or outside. It clumps and spreads out as it grows. It can grow up to 3 feet tall, but it only grows 18 inches (46 cm).


The watering needs for a pherebia cereiformis is typical. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Do not water in winter.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F (- 1.1 C), it’s best to plant this plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.

How to Propagate Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus”

The phereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus” is a quick grower and will produce offsets that grow around the base of the plant. Care should be used when removing offsets. Follow the directions in the post to learn how to handle a Euphorbia.

To remove a clump, you will need nitrile dipped gloves, silicone tongs, and a sharp knife.

Pull one of the cylindrical stems away from the main cluster using the tongs. If you can’t break it off without pulling up the rest of the plant, use the knife to cut through the stem.

Allow the end of the stem to be calloused for a few days before placing it in well-draining soil.


  1. Euphorbia cereiformis (Milk Barrel Cactus) – Wikipedia

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