Euphoric Over Euphorbias

Euphoric Over Euphorbias

Mexican Fire Plant or Painted Spurge

Euphorbia Cyanthophora
Self-sowing, can spread quickly. Lobed, red-colored leaves at the upper end of the stalk, contrasting with lower green leaves. Tiny yellowish petal-less flowers in the center of the red leaves. Similar in appearance to the poinsettia.
Milk Barrel Spurge

Euphorbia cereiformis
Fast-growing, rapidly clustering succulent, will take full sun to light shade. Needs frost protection. Columnar club-shaped ribbed stems, four inches in diameter, edged with needles. Cactus-like appearance. Grows to several feet in height. Most often used in containers.
Gopher Plant

Euphorbia rigida
A mounding perennial shrub with narrow pointed leaves on spikes that resemble tentacles. Rounded, chartreuse flower clusters. Tolerates full sun, poor soil, cold tolerant to 20 degrees F. Cut back after blooms fade. Spreads easily. Useful in xeriscape and rock gardens.
Baseball or Basketball Plant

Euphorbia obesa
About seven inches in diameter at maturity. Named for spherical nature and markings. Sage green globe ridged with eight textured lateral markings of sea urchin, often colored with transverse striations in purplish bands. Specimen plant.
Grassleaf Spurge

Euphorbia graminea cultivar “Diamond Frost”
New hybrid cultivar developed by Proven Winners Growers. Versatile plant valued for its sprays of tiny, white, non-stop blooms. Hardy, prized for its heat and drought tolerance and deer resistance.
Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia milii
Dark green oval, with leaves on new growth of thick, thorny stems. Grow to six feet in height. Red, pink, white or yellow flower clusters at the tips. Thrives in high temperatures and drought; not frost tolerant. Specimen plant for container gardens.

Euphorbia antisyphilitica
Hardy shrubby mound with a cluster of blue-green, leafless, pencil-like stems. Waxy covering prevents transpiration. Tiny pink flowers on the stems after rains. Container specimen, can take reflected heat around pools, also used in modern sculptural gardens.
African Milk Plant

Euphorbia trigona
Easy-to-grow species, popular as a houseplant. Can grow up to six feet. Spiny shrub, most often grown in containers. Drought tolerant, but will not survive frost. Stems have distinct three or four flat faces with rows of leaves along the edges. Red leaves on some cultivars, others with white markings on the stems.
Pencil Plant

Euphorbia tirucalli
Tree-like shrub, can grow to six feet in height. Adapts to full sun or partial shade. Can be grown indoors. Drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscape gardens and specimen containers. Valued for its unusual structure.
Medusa’s Head

Euphorbia esculenta
Low-growing rosette mass of serpentine stems. Water thrifty but needs frost protection. Medium-green coloration marked with tiny leaves and pale yellow flowers. Most often used in specimen containers and rock gardens. Masses well with cacti.
Cow’s Horn, Zig Zag, Rhino Horn

Euphorbia grandicornis
Multi-stemmed succulent shrub. Spines resemble cow’s horns. Angular, zig-zag shape, good as an ornamental specimen. Tiny, scale-like leaves between gray spines. Can grow to six feet in height.
Moroccan Mound

Euphorbia resinifera
A mounding succulent two feet by four feet. Pale green, four-sided arms. Upright column-like, leafless stems marked with brown spikes on the margins. Massed tightly together to form a solid mound. Symmetrical shape, used in containers, contemporary and formal gardens.