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Euphorbia griffithii 'Dixter' 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

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Red and Dark Orange in Summer

Foliage

Bronze in Spring
Green and Red in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

spurge 'Dixter'

Family

Euphorbiaceae


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

'Dixter' is a spreading rhizomatous perennial to 90cm, making a thicket of erect stems clothed with narrow dark green, red-tinged leaves and ending in a cluster of bright orange-red flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Euphorbia griffithii Great Dixter form

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in light dappled shade; can be invasive on light soils

Soil

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

Ground Cover, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

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

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by a rust