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Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Light green


Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A good choice if you have poor, dry soil in partial shade, this euphorbia will thrive in poor conditions. It spreads by underground runners, forming a low weed-smothering carpet. 'Purpurea' has dark purple foliage that contrasts well with its lime green flowers that emerge in spring. These persist until summer, gradually fading in colour. It makes a good evergreen backdrop to woodland plants or other shade-lovers. In heavy shade the foliage may fade to green. It's also a good variety for large winter containers.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: amygdaloides

Cultivar: Purpurea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Purple, Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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