Euphorbia amygdaloides 'PURPUREA'

Euphorbia amygdaloides
Euphorbia amygdaloides 'PURPUREA'
wood spurge
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.6m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:burgundy red a green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS light green
BLOOMING TIME April - June
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Evergreen broadleaf
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Euphorbia - spurge represents a large family of plants where the most eye-catching ones are not hardy enough for Central European climate (zone 6). However, there are also hybrids where one of the parents bear the beauty of the tender species, and the other improves hardiness. And some are even native to our climate so no frost danger ahead.

Wood spurge is a semi-woody perennial native to warm but not parched areas of Europe, Caucasus, and Turkey. Possibly the most popular variety is called Purpurea. Its upright stems are rich burgundy red all season long, and evergreen leaves boast the same shade if fully insolated, otherwise they are dark green. In mid spring the plant produces large heads of numerous bright lime green flowers for a long period. As it blooms on previous year's wood, any pruning, if required, has to be done immediately after flowering in summer. All parts of the plant produce milky sap when cut, crushed, or bruised, that is toxic and can cause skin irritation.

Spurge will grow in full sun in almost any well-drained garden soil provided it is protected wet conditions, mainly in winter. Its autumn foliage colour improves with the levels of nitrogen in the soil so a small dose of slow-release fertilizer would do the trick in late summer, but is not necessary. It is hardy to about -23°C (USDA zone 6), and will need protection should the temperature drop lower.

Last update: 13-05-2019
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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