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Euphorbia xanti (Baja Spurge)

Baja Spurge, White Spurge, Aklema xanti, Euphorbia corallifera


Fast growing, Euphorbia xanti (Baja Spurge) is an open-branched, spreading shrub noted for its large terminal clusters of fragrant, small pink and white flowers from mid-winter to late spring, sometimes to late summer. Attractive to hummingbirds, the flowers are borne on pencil-thin gray-green stems bearing small ovate-lanceolate green leaves that emerge after the plant begins to flower. The evergreen foliage often drops when temperatures rise or soils dry in summer. Baja Spurge spreads by rhizomes and self-seeding to form dense colonies. Native to sea bluffs, dunes, rocky washes and slopes in central to southern Baja California, Baja Spurge is adapted to sun, heat, aridity and drought. Resembling Baby Breath, Baja Spurge is a good choice for the water-wise garden, dry slopes, where it should be given room to spread. Good for containers too.

  • Typically grows up to 4-6ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 6-8 ft. wide (180-240 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in rocky, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established, but grows faster and looks more lush with summer irrigation. Shade promotes floppy growth and reduces blooms.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, water-wise gardens or rock gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Suckering can be a control problem, but can be greatly reduced by restricting water to the base of the plant.
  • Prune as needed in fall.
  • Propagate by seed or stem cuttings.
  • All parts are highly toxic by ingestion. Sap may irritate skin and eyes. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Native to Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbia - Spurges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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 9 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbia - Spurges
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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