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Spurge in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Euphorbia

 

Spurge

A shade-loving plant that has long-lasting flowers in late spring above rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It grows well in areas of dry shade, under trees and in a woodland setting. It is evergreen and suckering and if left unchecked it can become invasive.

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plant Features
  • Spurge likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Spurge likes very little water

    Very little water

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

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Spurge likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Spurge

Latin name

Euphorbia

type

Evergreens

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Spurge likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

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

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Spurge likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Spurge likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Spurge is 0.50meters x 0.75meters 0.50 M 0.75 M

Euphorbia

A shade-loving plant that has long-lasting flowers in late spring above rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves. It grows well in areas of dry shade, under trees and in a woodland setting. It is evergreen and suckering and if left unchecked it can become invasive.


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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