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.
We first saw this evergreen Euphorbia at Sissinghurst; its native home is the Canary Islands. Shrub-like and taller than its relatives, its smooth green stems are clothed with narrow, whorled apple-green leaves marked by prominent cream-hued midribs. The "honey-bearing" epithet foretells the ambrosial aroma of the intriguing flowers, which range in color from butter to terracotta. Stately in a container, is not reliably hardy where winters are cold and wet.
Size: 5' 0" – 7' 10" high x 3-2/3' – 5' 0" wide.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Euphorbia amygaloides ‘Ruby Glow’
- Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’
- 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 myrsinites
- Euphorbia polychroma ‘Candy’
- Euphorbia rigida
- Euphorbia sikkimensis