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Euphorbia xanti (Baja Spurge)

Baja Spurge, White Spurge, Aklema xanti, Euphorbia corallifera

Euphorbia xanti, Baja Spurge, Aklema xanti, Euphorbia corallifera, Evergreen Spurge, Drought Tolerant Spurge, Pink Flowers
Euphorbia xanti, Baja Spurge, Aklema xanti, Euphorbia corallifera, Evergreen Spurge, Drought Tolerant Spurge, Pink Flowers

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, and 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 lusher 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 the fall.
  • Propagate by seed or stem cuttings.
  • All parts are highly toxic by ingestion. Sap may irritate the skin and eyes. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Native to Baja California.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia
Common names Euphorbia, Spurge
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s Head)
Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant)
Euphorbia resinifera (Resin Spurge)
Euphorbia mammillaris (Corncob Cactus)
Euphorbia ceratocarpa (Sicily Spurge)
Euphorbia corollata (Flowering Spurge)

Recommended Companion Plants

Agave ‘Blue Flame’
Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus)
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ (Fire Sticks)
Salvia leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia
Common names Euphorbia, Spurge
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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