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Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

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

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Stem

Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

wood spurge 'Purpurea'

Family

Euphorbiaceae


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

'Purpurea' is a softly downy evergreen perennial to 75cm tall, with deep purple stems and leaves, and contrasting lime-green flowers opening at the ends of the leafy stems in spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

An easy-to-grow plant that will cope with most conditions even dry shade. It spreads by rhizomes

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


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