Euphorbia Euphoria

Euphorbia lambii

Euphorbia Facts

  • Euphorbia are the largest genus in the plant world with varieties on every continent except Antarctica.
  • 150 species that grow well in UK gardens are listed in the RHS Plant Finder from over 2000 species worldwide.
  • Euphorbia exist as tiny prostrate annuals, perennials and even Trees.
  • Some spiny Euphorbia can be confused with Cacti, If you are in Africa it will be a Euphorbia in America it will be a Cactus.
  • Spines of Euphorbia will be in pairs.
  • Euphorbia exude a white, sticky, irritating resin when scratched.

Euphorbia Groups

  1. Annuals, Biennials and Short Lived perennials  Рgrow, flower, seed and die in a season
  2. Annuals, Biennials and Short Lived perennials  Рgrow, flower, seed and die in a season
  3. Herbaceous Perennials – die back in winter so cut down when unattractive but some varieties have good autumn colour
  4. Biennial-Shooted evergreen perennials – grow leafy shoots that last 2 seasons then flower to be replaced by new shoots. Cut down to ground level when they look untidy
  5. Evergreen or deciduous shrubs – prune only when they grow too big.

Euphorbia atropupurea

Propagation Methods

  • Seed for sowing will be set by most garden Euphorbias. They do cross pollinate.
  • Stem cuttings will be needed to get a true clone of a special variety. 2-3″ cuttings in spring should root well. Use a liquid hormone rooting compound if you want lots of plants.
  • Herbaceous perennials can be divided by cutting the woody crown with a sharp knife. Dust with sulphur and grow the pieces on for a year before replanting. Some Euphorbias have runners that can be planted up.

See also Top Ten Euphorbias and Growing The Spurges

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