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Euphorbia amygdaloides Craigieburn


Wood Spurge

Deep beetroot coloured foliage and lime green flowers

This neat, compact variety has dark plum-purple evergreen leaves which look especially eye-catching in spring when the new leaves emerge bright red. Clusters of small, lime-green blooms appear every spring and make a wonderful contrast with the coloured leaves.


A lovely addition to a sunny border or gravel garden, and looks superb in a patio container.


Easy to grow in most garden soils but add coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use good quality compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

This plant originates from Craigieburn Garden in Scotland.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 35 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant,Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September