The huge jasmine started out in a 1 quart container about eight years ago. What a return on investment!
Our high water bills have made succulents look more and more attractive to me. I repotted some firestick last week and didn't realize that it contains a toxin that can cause serious reactions. A couple of hours after handling it, both hands were swollen and itchy red lesions appeared. I woke up in the middle of the night trying to scratch both hands at once. Don't touch these things without gloves!!
From the garden web:
Firestick succulent (Euphorbia tirucalli) is a showy plant that features a tangled mass of orange-red branches as thick as pencils, hence the name. Also called pencil cactus or pencil tree, it grows as an accent outdoor shrub or a container patio plant that spruces up the spot. The branches form a striking contrast against the background so the plant stands out and draws attention. The firestick contains a toxic white sap that causes serious skin allergies, which is why utmost care during handling is essential.