Plant Family / Euphorbia - Spurges
Euphorbia (Spurge) is a very large genus of plants which include a vast array of flowering plants in all shapes and sizes. They range from annuals, perennials, evergreen or deciduous plants to shrubs and trees. Incredibly showy, durable and easy to grow, most Euphorbias are low maintenance plants, deer resistant and enjoy a great heat and drought tolerance. Ideal for beds, borders or rock gardens, they always create a stunning display in the garden.
Euphorbia amygdaloides Ruby Glow' (Wood Spurge) is a compact, nicely branched, evergreen perennial with rosettes of leathery, ruby red leaves when young, which mature to purple-black. They contrast with bright cherry red stems from which arise sprays of showy, yellow inflorescences borne on chartreuse floral bracts in late spring or early summer. The eye-catching appearance of this spurge makes it a great ornamental plant in gardens and containers.
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae (Wood Spurge) is a spreading evergreen perennial forming colonies of rosettes of shiny, deep green, leathery leaves from which arise large rounded sprays of showy, lime-green flowers in late spring or early summer which last for months. Perfect under trees, in woodland settings, very attractive ground cover.
A stunning plant for year-round interest, Euphorbia characias 'Glacier Blue' is an evergreen subshrub with beautifully variegated foliage and long-lasting flowers. Upright, it features erect stems with spirally arranged, narrow, gray-blue leaves adorned with creamy-white margins. In spring, they are topped with broad conical heads of chartreuse flowers, which consist primarily of creamy bracts with a green eye. The overall effect is very eye-catching.
A stunning plant for year-round interest, Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' is an evergreen subshrub with beautifully variegated foliage and long-lasting flowers. Upright, it features erect stems with spirally arranged, narrow, gray-green leaves adorned with creamy-white margins. In spring, they are topped with broad conical heads of chartreuse flowers, which consist primarily of creamy bracts with green center blotches. The overall effect is very eye-catching.
Dramatic addition to any garden! Mediterranean Spurge is a statuesque evergreen shrub which enjoys months of chartreuse flowers.
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.
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fern Cottage' is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial noted for its showy burnt orange flowers and red-tinged leaves. Emerging rich bronzy-red in spring, the foliage of narrow, lance-shaped leaves turns mid-green in summer before warming up to glowing yellow and orange in the fall.
Regarded as one of the easiest and most reliable spurges, Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial noted for its showy orange-red flowers and red-tinged leaves. Emerging rich bronzy-red in spring, the foliage of narrow, lance-shaped leaves turns mid-green in summer before warming up to crimson red in the fall.
Euphorbia hypericifolia 'Diamond Delight' is a tender evergreen perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting a profusion of tiny white double flowers reminiscent of baby’s breath from late spring to the first frosts. Although the flowers are very small, the plant makes a great visual impact because the blossoms are so numerous and they have extra petals.
Euphorbia hypericifolia 'Diamond Frost' is a tender evergreen perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting a profusion of tiny white flowers reminiscent of baby’s breath from late spring to the first frosts. The upright stems are clad with widely spaced, narrow, gray-green to bright green leaves. Blooming continuously all season, this Euphorbia enjoys a mounding habit and can be used as a filler in floral arrangements.
Euphorbia mauritanica (Pencil Milkbush) is an evergreen, densely branched shrub with pencil-thin, cylindrical and smooth, lime-green branches. Small, silver-gray leaves show off on young stems. In winter, clusters of bright yellow flowers appear at the tip of the stems.
Worthy of our attention, Euphorbia polygona 'Snowflake' is an evergreen succulent forming cylindrical, deeply ribbed, chalky white columns adorned with beautiful 'heads' of dark purple flowers and fewer spines than the species. This plant offsets prolifically, eventually forming small, closely spaced colonies of symmetrical columns.
A great structural plant! Notable for its peculiar flowers and handsome foliage, Euphorbia seguieriana subsp. niciciana is an upright, bushy perennial which is perfect to brighten any border.
Resembling sea coral, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' (Fire Sticks) is a striking evergreen succulent shrub forming a thicket of brilliantly colored, loosely branching, vertical stems. As thin as pencils, the distinctive stems exhibit a reddish-golden color which fades to yellow shades in summer before changing back to redder tones in winter.
Noted for its unique variegated flowers and foliage, Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow' (Martin's Spurge) is a bushy, dwarf evergreen sub-shrub of great ornamental interest.
Noted for its very long blooming season, Euphorbia x martinii 'Tiny Tim' (Martin's Spurge) is a bushy, dwarf evergreen sub-shrub of great ornamental interest. It forms a mound of stunning rosettes of lance-shaped, fresh green leaves with blushed burgundy undersides. Borne on burgundy stems, they are topped from early spring through fall by clusters of showy, fresh apple green bracts adorned with bright red centers.