Variegated Corn Cob Cactus

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  •  Euphorbia mammillaris variegata, also known as Indian Corn Cob, is a fast-growing shrublet with thick stems that are chalky green, erect and ribbed. These stems can turn rosy pink in colder weather.

     At maturity, the plant can reach 8-10 inches (20-35 cm) tall. Each stem can have from 7 to 17 ribs with thick hexagonal tubercles placed next to each other vertically, which resembles the look of a corn cob. The spines are pinkish white, thick and pointy like toothpicks, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long and scattered around the stem.

     From late winter to early summer, Euphorbia mammillaris variegata produces small red and orange flowers from each stem. Protect from frost.

     All of the plants will be shipped bare root.
  •  Full Sun, Partial Sun.

     Well-drained, porous cactus mix.

     Water thoroughly only when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely. Avoid letting water sit for too long in the soil to prevent rot and fungal diseases. Water more regularly from March to September its growing season). Reduce watering to a minimum in the winter.

     Repotting In late winter or early spring.

     You can propagate Euphorbia mammillaris by cuttings in late spring or summer. Precaution: All Euphorbias contain a white sap that can be irritating to the human body. If you accidentally come in contact with this sap, be careful not to touch your face or eyes and immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
  • USDA Hardiness Zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (10 °C).

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Dan L.
United States

Happy Corn Cob Cactus

This is a great little cactus. Arrived well packed in bubble wrap and in good shape. It has shown signs of growth and health since I potted it.

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Paula O.
United States

Great looking little fella, it's planted & doing well.

Great, nice selection & plants arrive in good condition & transplant well so far. I like finding specimens I don't already have.

Scott P.
United States


It was my fault...I wasn't expecting a Variegated corn cob cactus. It's still nice. I'll definitely keep it but I'll be on the lookout for a regular one as well lol

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Barbara H.
United States

Nice plant

Nice plant; pleased.

Judy P.
United States

variegated corn cob cactus

I really like it. It is cut and I am anxious to watch it grow.