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Euphorbia epithymoides

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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

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

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

E. epithymoides is a compact, rounded herbaceous perennial to 45cm with narrow, mid-green leaves and terminal clusters of bright greenish-yellow flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Euphorbia polychroma
  • Euphorbia villosa Friv. ex Boiss.

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
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk 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

Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

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

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free