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Commonly known as Spurge, Wolf's milk
Very varied genus of about 2000 species of annuals, biennials, evergreen, semi-evergreen or herbaceous perennials, deciduous or evergreen subshrubs, shrubs and trees and succulents.
Many uses including for mixed borders, woodland gardens and rockeries though notice should be taken of the milky sap which can irritate the skin and no part should be eaten.
Many are attractive to insects.
There are 10 UK native spurges, most of which are common.
EvergreenSub shrubs, shrubs and trees
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.Annuals, biennials, evergreen, semi evergreen. Floral parts are usually much reduced, cupped by bracts in yellow, red, purple, brown or green.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowMuch reduced floral parts (cyathia) are usually cupped by involucres of long-lasting fused bractsPests & DiseasesAphids on herbaceous euphorbias, mealy bug on succulent ones. Grey mould.Place of originWidely distributed in temperate sub tropical and tropical regions.
- Growing & Caring for Euphorbia
- Evergreen pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading in June - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-seeding aquilegia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Supporting Plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Overpotting Problems - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of EUPHORBIA
(rubra) - reddish bronze foliage, upright growing
new leaves bright red, darkening with age to purple-black, on maroon stems
deep red stems, blue-green leaves and dome-shaped yellow flowers
flowers green with chocolate centres
flowers are greenish-yellow with a distinctive black eye
dazzling silver variegated foliage and silver variegated flower heads
a variegated form with a neat shape and one of the most attractive leaf-flower combinations
extra large flowers, lime-green
narrow grey-blue foliage and green-yellow flowers. Long flowering period
spreading form with feathery bluish leaves and yellow-green flowers
feathery blue-green foliage, tinted orange in autumn. Yellow flowers in spring, ageing to orange/red
clouds of airy white flowers throughout spring and summer but not hardy
green leaves flushed red/purple, becoming dark red in autumn. Yellow flowers
shrubby spurge with acid yellow flowers and good autumn colour
hardy all year round foliage colour. Blue-green leaves edged yellow and tipped with pink in winter
tall shrubby spurge with acid yellow flowers
fleshy procumbent stems and leaves with terminal clusters of yellow flowers
clump forming species with green leaves turning yellow in autumn and long lasting deep yellow flowers
a cross between E.mellifera and E. stygiana which grows up to 6 feet tall. Creamy-white midribs to the leaves and scented yellow-brown flowers
acid yellow flowers
striking yellow-green flower heads in spring
a rare species which is endangered in the wild in the Azores. It grows to around 5 feet as an architectural shrub, narrow bright green leaves and honey scented flowerheads