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Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby' (Cypress Spurge)

Cypress Spurge 'Fens Ruby', Bonaparte's Crown 'Fens Ruby', Graveyard Moss 'Fens Ruby'


A very unusual groundcover, Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby' (Cypress Spurge) is a fast-spreading rhizomatous perennial noted for its colorful foliage and long-lasting chartreuse flowers. Emerging plum-purple in spring, the foliage of soft, narrow leaves, fades to blue-green in summer before turning golden-orange in fall. Semi-evergreen in mild climate areas, it dies back to the ground in colder zones. Borne on reddish stems, a forest of tiny flowers held in umbel-like clusters appear in late spring or early summer, consisting primarily of glowing lime-yellow bracts that slowly warm up to red-orange as they mature. A source of fascination in the garden for its interesting flower heads, 'Fens Ruby' is showier than the species, with brighter flowers and finer foliage. It is also not as weedy and adds appeal to the garden throughout the growing season.

  • Typically growing up to 16-20 in. tall and wide (40-50 cm), Cypress Spurge is an erect, branching, rhizomatous plant which can rapidly spread to form a bushy ground cover. So, give it its own space as it is an aggressive grower!
  • Remaining attractive during all its growing season, this remarkable plant is resilient to most pests and diseases, is drought, deer & rabbit tolerant and is easy to care for.
  • A full sun lover (tolerates very light shade), it thrives in dry, well-drained soils. Poor soils, including rock or sandy ones are welcomed!
  • Perfect as ground cover for dry, sunny slopes, beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Can be invasive, particularly in rich, moist soils! So, be prepared to carry out judicious pruning and digging or thinning out as required!
  • Find where Euphorbia cyparissias species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.
  • Wear gloves when cutting as both stems and leaves contain a poisonous milky sap.
  • Euphorbia cyparissias species is native to Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Euphorbia - Spurges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 16" – 20" (40cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Euphorbia - Spurges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 16" – 20" (40cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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