A tender, deciduous semi-succulent shrub with red, woody, branched stems to 2m (6½ft) high and across, forming a canopy when mature. The simple leaves are green and produced in whirls at the ends of the branches and change to fiery red and orange in autumn before falling. Clusters of bright green-yellow floral bracts are produced in spring on the tips of the stems, which then branch into two below the old flower heads, once flowering has finished. Being frost-tender and growing to a large size, this makes it useful for growing as an architectural specimen plant for a frost-free conservatory, greenhouse or large, sunny room indoors
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Autumn||Red Brown||Red Orange|
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- All parts are highly toxic by ingestion, sap may irritate skin and eyes. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts
- Name status
- Plant range
How to grow
Grows best in containers in a frost-free location in well-drained soil, in full sun. Watering should be moderate over winter to avoid soil remaining too wet for too long and the roots rotting.
Propagate by cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Mediterranean climate plants
- Patio and container plants
- Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning group 1 - minimal pruning is required, as the shrub develops naturally into a neat dome shaped bush.
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