Back Up, Moses!
In the Old Testament story, Moses receives his move-’em-out orders from God who grabs his attention as a “bush that was on fire but did not burn up”. Although the chatty bush in question was never ID’ed I’d like to think it might’ve been the euphorbia tirucalli, or fire stick plant. Here’s one of my plants that looks not only like a personage of some sort, but also seems to be afire from top to bottom. I’m really happy about this blazin’ display, since most of my tirucalli‘s have been dull as dishwater all year …
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Back to the Bible story: God warns Moses to step back and to remove his sandals; His presence has made the very ground he’s standing on holy … I may not have the same level of authority but heed this warning: If you break this plant, DO NOT rub its sap in your eyes — Do it and you’ll be calling out for Jehovah!
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Click here for my popular 2010 post on the subject … Almost daily someone reads it after doing a Google search on what to do if euphorbia milk gets in your eyes.