Named after Euphorbus, physician to the king of Mauritania, this robust, sun-loving genus includes the familiar Poinsettia and is over 1600 species strong. Most Euphorbia have a poisonous milky sap and soft-colored bracts that surround subtly defined flowers. Autumn watches many of their narrow green leaves turn shades of red, orange and yellow.
Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ (P-2233)
Chanced upon at Notcutts Nursery in England, this gold medal-winning ‘Redwing’ sport premiers plentiful lemon-lime colored flowers accompanied by a dramatic dose of red-imbued new growth and stems, plus elliptical dark burgundy and purple mature leaves. Tailored, well-branched and thickset, the bushy undemanding habit graces containers, mixed borders or rock gardens with velvet-like allure, while abiding deer and shallow rocky soil as well as periodic dry conditions. ‘Blackbird’ retains its evergreen good looks year round in warmer locales. (pp#17,178)
Size: 12" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Euphorbia amygaloides ‘Ruby Glow’
- Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’
- Euphorbia ‘Canyon Gold’
- Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii
- Euphorbia characias ‘Bruce’s Dwarf’
- Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii ssp. wulfenii ‘John Tomlinson’
- Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii ‘Lambrook Gold’
- Euphorbia characias ‘Red Wing’
- Euphorbia ‘Copton Ash’
- Euphorbia ‘Dean’s Hybrid’
- Euphorbia donii (Dixter Form)
- Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’
- Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fern Cottage’
- Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’
- Euphorbia griffithii ‘Great Dixter’
- Euphorbia ‘Helen Robinson’
- Euphorbia ‘Jade Dragon’
- Euphorbia ‘Limewall’
- Euphorbia longifolia
- Euphorbia mellifera
- Euphorbia myrsinites
- Euphorbia polychroma ‘Candy’
- Euphorbia rigida
- Euphorbia sikkimensis