• 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 rigida

upright myrtle spurge

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
  • Other common names upright myrtle spurge

  • Synonyms Euphorbia biglandulosa

  • Family Euphorbiaceae

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

  • Details E. rigida is an erect, then spreading, evergreen perennial. The blue-green leaves are fleshy, and arranged spirally. Bright yellow flowers appear in small clusters at the tips of the shoots in late spring and early summer

  • Plant range S Europe SW Asia

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts may cause severe discomfort if eaten, and the milky sap can irritate skin

  • 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)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

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

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Chalk, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will tolerate most garden situations but does best in well-drained soil in a sunny position

Propagation Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Drought Resistant Low Maintenance Architectural Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants Coastal Gravel Garden Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning needed

Pests Generally problem free

Diseases Generally problem free

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