This Euphorbia is a tough ornamental plant, capable of resisting long periods of drought. An established plant can cover a one metre diameter so when planted in groups it can make quite an impact. It is suitable for any location, sheltered or exposed, in light soil in full sun. Its characteristic black or dark brown nectar glands in the cyathia (false flowers) are borne in dense spherical clusters, from spring to early summer. It grows preferably in dry areas, often far away from the water table, both in flat as well as in mountainous terrain. This plant can also resist high salinity and is much loved by bees and wildlife here in the Algarve.