• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Euphorbia polychroma

Many-coloured spurge

Many-coloured spurge

© � RHS 2000

  • Other common names Many-coloured spurge

  • Synonyms Euphorbia epithymoides
    Euphorbia villosa Friv. ex Boiss.

  • Genus Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts

  • Family Euphorbiaceae / Euphorbiaceae

  • Species E. polychroma is a compact, rounded herbaceous perennial to 45cm with narrow, mid-green leaves and terminal clusters of bright greenish-yellow flowers

  • Plant range Europe Asia Minor

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity All parts are highly toxic by ingestion

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation An easy to grow plant that will grow in any reasonable garden soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division in early spring or take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Cut Flowers Flower borders and beds

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