Plants - Perennials

Sensational spurges

Versatile spurges add a colourful wallop to the garden

 

 



'First Blush'
'Jessie'
'Purpurea'
'Leatherleaf'

NAMEHEIGHT X WIDTH
EXPOSURE
SOIL
DESCRIPTION

PURPLE WOOD SPURGE
(Euphorbia amygdaloides "Purpurea') ZONE 6

30 to 60 cm x 30 cm full sun to dappled shade average to moist, humus-rich
purple, evergreen foliage; acid-yellow bracts

LEATHERLEAF SPURGE
(E. a. var robbiae) ZONE 6

60 cm x 45 to 60 cm
dappled shade
average to moist, humus-rich
leathery evergreen leaves; acid-yellow bracts; spreader

EVERGREEN SPURGE
(E. characias) ZONE 7

1.2m x 90 cm full sun
average, well drained
big, bushy evergreen; large chartreuse heads

GRIFFITH'S SPURGE
(E. griffithii 'Fireglow' and 'Dixter')
ZONE 6

70 to 90 cm x 90 cm to 1 m
full sun to dappled shade
average to moist, well drained
bushy and upright; fiery orange bracts; spreader

HYBRID SPURGE
(E. 'Jessie') ZONE 4

90 cm x 45 to 60 cm
full sun
averagte to moist, well drained
upright habit; yellow bracts edged in orange

MARTIN'S SPURGE
(E.x martinii) ZONE 7

45 to 60 cm x 45 to 60 cm full sun
average, well drained
leathery evergreen leaves; lime-green heads of bracts

DONKEY-TAIL a.k.a. MURTLE SPURGE
(E. myrsinites) ZONE 5

15 to 30 cm x 30 cm
full sun
average, well drained
succulent blue leaves, acid-yellow bracts; evergreen; self-seeds; skin irritant

CUSION a.k.a. CHROME SPURGE
(E. polychroma) ZONE 2
Notable cultivars include 'Bonfire' and 'First Blush'

30 to 45 cm x 30 to 60 cm full sun
average, well drained
low mound; chrome-yellow bracts; red and coral in fall

 

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