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Plant identification needed

  • Plant identification needed

Not sure what this is - thought it was a type of Euphorbia, but not sure which, or perhaps it's something else entirely. It was looking rather greener and healthier in May & June but it's now looking a little scorched (in full sun - at least as much as our somewhat soggy climate provides...) and I wonder if I should move it to a shadier spot. Any help much appreciated!

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Susie Edwards

    Think you are right that it is a euphorbia. Perhaps Euphorbis x martini? I am no expert. Dappled shade is best for most Euphorbias. By this time of year most are looking past their best.
    E. X Martini has grey green leaves at first and the flower eye has a red tinge.

  2. Grower


    Thanks! I can't find any images online that help identify it for sure - the lower foliage doesn't look like most other Euphorbia I've seen. Earlier in the year it was a purpleish grey-green with red stems, now tuned more red / brown - as you say most Euphorbia are now over and this is certainly following that pattern.

  3. Grower

    Susie Edwards

    from the last post , it does sound like the one I suggested. Does it seed freely? I think I have the same and it comes up in the most unexpected places!

  4. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    It's not Euphorbia x martinii, as that has individual leaves held in whorls: you can see that your specimen has leaves which are either in pairs, opposite each other, or are actually joined into one leaf, which is called "connate".

    Annoyingly, I know I know it, but I can't recall the name, so I'll think about it while I'm weeding today and hopefully it will come back to me!

  5. Grower


    Yes agreed from looking at photos it looks more like Euphorbia dulcis "Chameleon' - but it's rather greener so perhaps a hybrid of some sort. Does that ring any bells?

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