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Herbaceous Perennial

Euphorbia amygdaloides

wood spurge

A bushy, evergreen perennial with reddish green stems and matt green leaves, which can be reddish benneath and become darker in the winter. Yellow clusters of flowers in spring and summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Green Red Green
Winter Green Red Green Red
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Euphorbiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause severe discomfort if eaten, and the milky sap can irritate skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus rich soil in light dappled shade.

Propagation

Divide in spring, basal cuttings in early summer, sow seeds.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Remove stems imediatley after flowering to encourage new basal growth.

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to botrytis (grey mould)

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