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Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae (Wood spurge)

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

Wood spurge

An evergreen plant that is excellent in sun or shade. A carefree, slowly spreading groundcover with shiny, deep green, leathery leaves. Yellow green disc-like bracts back chartreuse yellow flowers in late spring which last for months. Looks fantastic in a pot and in the garden. Grow in protected site for best winter foliage. Unbeatable! Most importantly, this plant has just about zero maintenance requirements.

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Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae - 50 per flat $51.00
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Height

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

Wood spurge Interesting Notes

Euphorbias make up of one of the largest and most diverse plant families in the world. Annuals, hardy perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents and cacti are all well represented in most countries. Their bizarre shapes, from golf-ball-like to spiny shrubs, can disguise the connection until their charming flowers show the family's floral characteristics. They are commonly called spurges because they were once used in medicine for their purgative qualities. http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/profiles/euphorbia

 

What we perceive as "flowers" are usually colored leaves or bracts at one of several levels, from the bases of the clusters to their ultimate divisions. These may remain colorful (or even grow more so) long after the flowers have passed. A feature hidden until some part of the plant is cut or broken is the milky sap, which is usually poisonous to some degree, sometimes violently so (see the plant descriptions below). Those of us engaged in pitched battles with gophers, deer and rabbits will appreciate this feature, for it makes many euphorbias nearly immune to attack. However, those of you with small children will want to wait to plant them until the age of testing each new object in the mouth has passed. suncrestnurseries.com

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae Growing and Maintenance Tips

E. amygdaloides var. robbiae differs from others in this species by being rhizomatous which makes it such a useful groundcover. Will spread quicker if the soil is moist and loose with organic material. Grows in a variety of conditions, including dry shade. Wood Spurge is easily propagated by division or cuttings. Useful as a dry shade groundcover or along wooded paths interwoven with more ephemeral plants.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Container
Container
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Slow
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Mass Planting
Dry Shade
Moist Shade
Dry Sun