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Wood Spurge

Euphorbia amygdaloides

Also known as

Bos Melkkruid (Afr.)

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

80cm

Min

80cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Wood Spurge Overview

Wood spurge is an excellent choice for planting in the dry shade of trees, where others may fail. This plant will quickly establish and spread by means of rhizomes, creating an attractive dark green foliage. In late spring to summer, the shady area the plant inhabits is brightened with the vivid green-yellow inflorescence typical of Euphorbia.

Common problems with Wood Spurge

Due to the toxic sap, Wood spurge suffers very little from the usual woodland browsers.

Wood Spurge Companion Plants

Plant with other dry shade plants.

How to harvest Wood Spurge

Caution should always be taken when picking wood spurge flowers or stems as the milky sap is poisonous and an irritant when in contact with skin. Foliage can be cut down after flowering in late summer, for fresh growth, keeping the plant compact.

How to propagate Wood Spurge

Division

Propagate by division in spring, planting immediately. For best results plant into shade and water in well.

Rhizomes

Split a bit of rhizome to plant in new spot.

Cuttings

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

Seed

Seeds in the autumn.

Special features of Wood Spurge

Drought resistant

Grows happily in the drought shade of trees in woodland.

Other uses of Wood Spurge

Borders, under shrubs,

Ornamental

It is among the few plants that thrive in the dry shade of trees, where it is used as groundcover.

Pollinator Friendly Plants for Spring

Native spring flowering plants that provide the best habitat, shelter and food for pollinators.

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