Ok, the name sounds like a bad rash, but this plant is as beautiful as it is unusual. Euphorbia antisyphilitica, also known as Candelilla, is an upright growing, leafless succulent to 2-3 feet tall that spreads by suckering from the base to form large clumps with narrow round stems that are a gray green in color. In late winter this plant naturally flowers along the stems with small white flowers that have red centers but flowering in irrigated gardens can happen anytime from late winter to fall. Plant in full sun (shade grown plants are taller, less gray and more lax) in a well drained soil. Hardy to around 10 °F (USDA Zone 8a). This plant is tolerant of hot dry conditions and alkaline soils. The interesting color of its stem is due to a gray waxy coating that slows water loss, an adaptation to its native habitat in the Chihauhaun desert. There are many uses for this plant other than ornamental purposes. A high quality wax is derived from the stems and it also has been used in the past for medical purposes, including its possible use in the treatment of syphilis, which gives the plants its specific epithet. The dried stems are also used as fuel and in some parts of Mexico. The over-harvesting of Euphorbia antisyphilitica has made it scarce. We offer this unusal plant in quart containers while supplies last.