Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

Wood spurge

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

Few plants thrive in poor dry soil in shade, but this euphorbia thrives in the difficult conditions commonly found under big trees. The plant spreads by underground runners, until eventually the evergreen leaves form a low weed smothering carpet over the ground. Upright spikes of lime green flowers emerge in spring and persist through early summer. The bright flowers show up well above the dark glossy foliage. In better conditions it makes a good all-year-round evergreen background to woodland plants or other shade lovers. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: amygdaloides

Cultivar: var. robbiae

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: April to June

Reader reviews


can i take root cuttings from a euphorbia?


You rarely need to do this as so many little shoots come up around established plants. Just pull one gently and it will come up with roots intact. You may need to cut it from parent plant beneath the soil.

Big Fluffy

Ooooh No its terrible stuff !!! pops up all over the place. if you chop any off it oozes white sap .... as i remember the sap is quite nasty stuff.

Gavin Stevens

The sap can cause severe irritation to the eyes, leaving you with temporary partial sight

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