Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

Spurge

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
  • Common name: Spurge
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 50cm

Spread: 1.5m

  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour, Colourful new growth

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Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae is one of the few plants that thrives in poor dry soil in shade, making it the perfect choice for growing under big trees. It spreads by underground runners, eventually forming a low weed smothering carpet. It bears upright spikes of lime green flowers from spring to early summer, in contrast with dark glossy foliage. It makes a good year-round evergreen foil for other shade loving plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae in well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Cut back faded flower stems in autumn. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance. 

Always wear gloves when working with euphorbias. The milky sap is a skin irritant. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Irritates skin, Irritates eyes, Purgative if ingested, Toxins absorbed by the skin

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