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Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow'

 

Martin's Spurge 'Ascot Rainbow'

Martin's Spurge (Euphorbia x martini) is a dwarf evergreen perennial which is a cross between Euphorbia amygdaloides and Euphorbia characias subsp. characias. It has rounded mounds of medium narrow oval leaves green leaves, often tinged purple, on quite stiff long stems in greenish/grey. Bracts form and are usually lime green in colour, with tiny red flowers in the centre of each bract. Flowers are usually long lasting in late spring. It grows well in areas of dry shade, although can tolerate some moisture providing it is in a well drained soil. It also does well in full sun. It is evergreen and suckering and if left unchecked it can become invasive. 'Ascot Rainbow' is a midsized selection and forms an evergreen mound of leathery grey-green leaves, edged in creamy-yellow and flushed rose pink during the winter months. Heads of green-yellow bracts appear in late spring and early summer with tiny red flowers in the centre.

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plant Features
  • Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Martin's Spurge 'Ascot Rainbow'

Latin name

Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow'

type

Evergreens

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Martins Spurge Ascot Rainbow is 0.60meters x 0.50meters 0.60 M 0.50 M

Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow'

Martin's Spurge (Euphorbia x martini) is a dwarf evergreen perennial which is a cross between Euphorbia amygdaloides and Euphorbia characias subsp. characias. It has rounded mounds of medium narrow oval leaves green leaves, often tinged purple, on quite stiff long stems in greenish/grey. Bracts form and are usually lime green in colour, with tiny red flowers in the centre of each bract. Flowers are usually long lasting in late spring. It grows well in areas of dry shade, although can tolerate some moisture providing it is in a well drained soil. It also does well in full sun. It is evergreen and suckering and if left unchecked it can become invasive. 'Ascot Rainbow' is a midsized selection and forms an evergreen mound of leathery grey-green leaves, edged in creamy-yellow and flushed rose pink during the winter months. Heads of green-yellow bracts appear in late spring and early summer with tiny red flowers in the centre.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

As a general rule, Spurge requires well-drained soil in full sun. They will tolerate shadier conditions, but none of the family is fussy about soil condition. They even thrive in very poor soils and can tolerate periods of drought.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Spurge grows quite well from seeds sown indoors in pots. You can propagate Euphorbia more quickly and easily by gathering up the “volunteers” around an established plant. You may also root stem cuttings in a soilless medium, such as peat. Keep them lightly misted and enclose the pot in a bag to keep moisture in. Let the pot breathe once a day for an hour, so the soil does not mold. Once the cutting has rooted, you can pot it in regular soil or plant outdoors in moderate climates. One of the more important growing tips for Euphorbia is to let the stem cutting dry for a few days before planting. This allows the sap to form a callus on the cut end and prevents rotting.

 
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