Spurge

Euphorbia spp.

Euphorbia, Milkweed

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Euphorbia is a very large, extremely diverse genus of flowering plants of over 2000 species, distributed over a range of habitats and climatic zones around the globe. Most species small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts. Leaves are also variable in shape and form, often being short-lived on succulent Euphorbia species. Species in this huge genus can be grown in a rock garden, a mixed border, or even a woodland garden. Succulent species are best grown in a greenhouse or dry, tropical gardens. Some plants, such as Poinsettias, are grown commercially, while many others are grown and sold as ornamentals for their attractive unique flowers. Contact with their caustic, milky latex may irritate the skin and ingestion may cause stomach upset, handle with care.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Gravel, Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

Multicoloured, Yellow, Green, Red

Scent

None

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