I bought two small 4” plants last spring at Xera Plants (no, not all of those plants are mine)...
Planted them and promptly forgot about them. How could I forget about a plant with such beautiful color?
Ah heck, you know how it goes. So this is the other one, it doesn’t get nearly the sun and is much smaller than the one in the back garden.
Its color is about the same though, which is interesting, this is the one in the back garden, the one that caught my eye. It gets a lot more sun (and rain, as you can see by these photos).
The Xera description: "For drama in spring nothing beats Euphorbia. This selection has deep maroon leaves and in early spring clouds of burgundy-tinted chartreuse flowers. A clumping shrubby evergreen perennial to 2’ tall and a little wider. Full sun and well drained soil with a light summer water. An excellent perennial that is good looking year round. Drought tolerant when established and excellently adapted to our climate. Mix with mid-spring bulbs for a fantastic effect." Here’s an image of the flowers taken from a Bloomday post on May of 2012 - that particular plant was dug and tossed shortly after, the aphid infestation just got too nasty.
That’s my main issue with this plant in general, the aphids love it! The stats:
- hardy in USDA zones 6a-10b
- stays compact at 12-18” tall and 12-18” wide
- drought tolerant once established, and likes the sun
- as with all euphorbia the sap is toxic and an irritant, keep off your skin and away from your eyes
What's your favorite plant in the garden this week?
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