Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'

Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’
(yew-FOR-bee-ah DULL-sis)
Family: Euphorbiaceae

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

Description: An herbaceous perennial with an upright habit. Smallish, oblong, bronzy-burgundy leaves that become greener through summer then turn purple with red highlights in autumn. Lime-green bracts with a slight lavender-purple tinge appear in spring through summer.


Special Notes: Drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant. Self-sows. Watch for powdery mildew, spider mites and aphids. Propagate by seed; division in spring or autumn.


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


Posted on October 19, 2012