• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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 cyparissias 'Fens Ruby'

cypress spurge 'Fens Ruby'

  • Other common names cypress spurge 'Fens Ruby'

  • Family Euphorbiaceae

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

  • Details 'Fens Ruby' is a fast-spreading rhizomatous perennial with feathery, linear purple leaves and greenish-yellow flowers from late spring

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Toxicity All parts toxic by ingestion

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Can spread quickly

Propagation Propagation is by division in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning In early spring, cut back to base

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Rust may be a problem

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