Euphorbia palustris

Euphorbia palustris

Spurge

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Euphorbia palustris
  • Common name: Spurge
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Autumn colour, Flowers

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Euphorbia palustris has bright green leaves, from which masses of bright green flowers appear in summer. The foliage turns a rich orange-red in autumn. It's perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, especaially with bold red and orange flowers. It can also be grown in shade.

Grow Euphorbia palustris in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It may need staking in exposed sites. Remove spent flowers and wear gloves when handling – the milky sap can irritate the skin and be harmful if it gets into the eyes.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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

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