Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'
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Warm beetroot-red rosettes send up lime-green crooks of flower on dark stems by early spring -sumptuous warmth plus spring zing
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained garden soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: April to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A compact, shade-loving euphorbia that has long-lasting, acid-yellow flowers in spring that contrast beautifully with the deep purple, strappy foliage strung in whorls around stiff stems. Try it towards the front of a border, where its foliage can be appreciated, or as a groundcover for a difficult, shady site, among spring-flowering bulbs such as narcissi. In a small garden it may need checking, since it self-seeds freely.
- Garden care: In autumn cut back the faded flower stems, avoiding new ones on which next year's flowers will appear. When working with spurges, always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Comments about Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea':
The colouring of this Euphorbia is unusual and very attractive; lime and burgundy. I have planted six of them in a garden space that does not become waterlogged in Winter. They can succumb to mould if placed too closely together or if overshadowed by larger plants. I lost a few some years ago because they didn't have enough air around their ankles. This time I planted them in a raised mound of soil and they were happier. They look best planted in a group.
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Q:Hi, we are thinking of buying 3 lots of the dark and light border plants selection to create a planted section within our patio. Not being very green-fingered I've been looking at the plant information and wondered if you could give me some advice? I want to check that the plants are safe for dogs and children? We have a terrier (that will chew most things give half a chance) and the children are old enough at 6 & 7 not to eat the plants but will play nearby. If any of the plants aren't suitable, could you please suggest alternatives for a sunny south facing patio border. Many thanks :)Asked on 6/4/2013 by Not green fingered from Lincolnshire
I am afraid I do not have information re. plants that are toxic to dogs, but please click on the link below to go to the Dogs Trust site for their list of poisonous plants.
With regards to people, both the Iris and the Euphorbia can be harmful if eaten and the Euphorbia has a milky sap, which may irritate the skin. We do stipulate on all the plant cards on our site if they are known to be harmful or toxic - you can find this right at the very bottom of the page under 'Garden Care'.Answered on 8/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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Dear Sir/Madam, Please could you tell me the size of the Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' plants and if they will flower this year. Thank you for your help. Kind regards RachelAsked on 16/4/2010 by Rachel Lavender
A:Hello Rachel, These are currently around 15cm tall and they should flower this year - although we cannot guarantee this. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:A new spring border for a windy garden
Hi I have just had a hedge taken down and have a new border. It is overshadowed by a large eucalyptus tree and is in dappled shade until the afternoon, then it is in full sun. I am on top of the Chiltern Hills at 500' elevation and it can be windy. I would like a spring flowering border. I was thinking Hellebores, Pulmonaria and Aquilegias. Any suggestions, please? NicholasAsked on 16/10/2009 by NickLewis
A:Hello Nicholas, If the bed is very windy, then I would keep most things low so they don't get blown over. Therefore, along with the ones you have already selected, I would look at the following. Convallaria http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/wildflowers/convallaria-majalis-/classid.78114/ Epimedium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.epimedium/ Euphorbia amygdaloides http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/euphorbia-amygdaloides-purpurea/classid.2779/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/ Anemone blanda http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bulbs/other-bulbs/anemone-blanda-blue-flowered/classid.2000015250/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What plants would you recommend for my Mediterranean style garden?
Our garden is quite well established and has a Mediterranean feel. We have quite a few spaces that need filling and were hoping you could suggest a few things?Asked on 31/3/2005 by Mrs C Taylor
A:We have several plants that might interest you - here are some of the best Lavandula http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lavandula/?s=lavandula Cistus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cistus/?s=cistus Kniphofia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.kniphofia/?s=kniphofia Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.euphorbia/?s=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/yucca-filamentosa-/classid.4537/ Eryngium http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.eryngium/?s=eryngium Sedum http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sedum/?s=sedum Brachyglottis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/brachyglottis-dunedin-group-sunshine/classid.4376/ Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mediterranean-plants/convolvulus-cneorum-/classid.940/Answered on 1/4/2005 by Crocus
Q:What can I plant in a Mediterranean style garden?
I want give my garden a Mediterranean look but I do not know what to plant. Could you please help?Asked on 29/3/2005 by email@example.com
A:There are quite a few plants that we sell on the website which will give you a mediterranean feel to your garden - here are some of the best any of the Kniphofias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=kniphofia any of the Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=yucca+fil Stipa tenuissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1000000022&CategoryID= any of the Eryngiums http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=eryngium any of the Sedum spectabile http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=sedum+spect any of the Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Erigeron http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4376&CategoryID= Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=940&CategoryID= Phlomis italica http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=phlomis Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4046&CategoryID= Festuca glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Festuca+glauc&x=12&y=10Answered on 30/3/2005 by Crocus