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Euphorbia amygdaloides Rubra

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Spurge

Great for early spring colour

A compact and bushy plant with very attractive purple or red-flushed new leaves. Exquisite clusters of tiny, yellow-green cupped flowers emerge during spring and early summer. In cold weather the leaves are also tinged with purple.

Where?

A colourful addition to a sunny or partially shaded border or gravel garden that also looks superb in a patio container.

How?

Best in a fertile and well-drained soil. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage. Cut back the old flowered stems to make room for the new growth.

Euphorbias are classically believed to be named for Euphorbus, physician to the King of Mauretania

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, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant,Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 90 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