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Euphorbia epithymoides 'Major' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic by ingestion; sap may irritate skin and eyes

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

greater many-coloured spurge

Family

Euphorbiaceae


Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts

'Major' is a compact herbaceous perennial to 50cm, forming a clump of stems with dark green oval leaves and terminal clusters of bright yellow flowerheads 6-8cm across

Synonym(s)

  • Euphorbia pilosa 'Major'
  • Euphorbia polychroma 'Major'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

An easy-to-grow plant that will grow in any reasonable garden soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring or take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Cut back flowering shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to grey moulds