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Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’ Family: Euphorbiacaea
(yew-FOR-bee-ah ah-mig-dah-LOY-deez per-per-EE-ah)

Common name: wood spurge
Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 12-18 in (30-45cm) Spread: 12 in (30cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: minimal

Description: An evergreen perennial with an upright habit. Lanceolate leaves are a handsome burgundy-purple colour. Foliage changes to purple-black in winter. Clusters of bright greenish-yellow bracts appear in mid-spring through early summer.


Special Notes: Flowers on old wood. Prune plants back right after flowering. Good cut flower but stem tips must be singed or dipped in boiling water to stop the milky sap from flowing. Self sows. Drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant. Watch for powdery mildew. Propagate by seed; division in spring or autumn.


Caution: Milky sap can cause skin and eye irritation. Toxic if ingested.


Posted on March 7, 2013