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Euphorbia Genus

Spurge

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Euphorbia genus (Spurge). These are shrubs, succulents and perennials some of which are semi-evergreen or evergreen, and annuals. The flower heads will consist of cup-shaped bracts, in various colours, they will usually each containing several flowers lacking typical sepals and petals.

Characteristics

Annuals, Perennials or Biennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Other common names

Milkweed

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers which are great in borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5-15C, and will grow well in sun or partial shade with moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by basal cuttings in the spring or summer, by division in spring or early autumn or by seeds in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Milky sap may irritate skin. Grey mould and mealy bugs may be problematic.

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