Euphorbia obesa – Baseball Plant


Scientific Name

Euphorbia obesa Hook.

Common Names

Basketball, Sea Urchin, Baseball, Living Baseball, Baseball Plant, Gingham, Golf Ball, Vetmensie, Klipnoors

Scientific Classification

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Euphorbioideae
Tribe: Euphorbieae
Subtribe: Euphorbiinae
Genus: Euphorbia


Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mid summer


Euphorbia obesa is a spineless, grey-green, dwarf, spherical succulent plant with transverse red-brown or purplish bands. It can grow up to 7.8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 3.5 inches (9 cm) in diameter. Rudimentary, caducous leaves. Usually 8, vertical, broad, slightly raised ribs with shallow furrows in between. Small inflorescence borne on short peduncle from stem apices. Female and male flower are born on different plants. The fruit is a slightly three angled capsule, up to 0.3 inch (7 mm) in diameter.

Euphorbia obesa - Sea Urchin

How to Grow and Care

Euphorbias are very easy to care for. They require a little pampering to become established, but once they are, they are self-sufficient. In fact, more die from too much care and watering than from neglect.

Euphorbias need well-draining soil and lots of sunlight. They are not particular about soil pH, but they cannot tolerant wet soil. Unlike most succulents, Euphorbia does not handle long periods of drought well. It may need weekly watering during the summer. Water whenever the soil is dry several inches below the surface. Water deeply, but don’t let them sit in wet soil, which can cause root rot. Add some organic matter or fertilizer to the planting hole. If you are growing them in containers or your soil is poor, feed with a half-strength fertilizer monthly… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.


Native to South Africa, especially in the Cape Province.


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