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Euphorbia palustris

Marsh spurge

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in June

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Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Euphorbia palustris
  • Common name: Marsh spurge
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Euphorbia palustris

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    90cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Euphorbia palustris and wildlife

Euphorbia palustris has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Euphorbia palustris poisonous?

Euphorbia palustris can be toxic. Its sap is toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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