Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

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Buy Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' wood spurge: Lovely deep purple foliage and acid-yellow flowers

  • 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 narcissus. 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.

  • Humans/Pets: IRRITANT to skin/eye harmful if eaten

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Notes on Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

"Warm beetroot-red rosettes send up lime-green crooks of flower on dark stems by early spring -sumptuous warmth plus spring zing"

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strong in shade


I love euphorbias. They have always behaved well for me. I struggle with my tiny back garden because it only has a spot of sun in the summer. So I always choose shade plants. Mostly I keep plants in pots which I can move around. This euphorbia started in a pot, but now resides happily in the ground with geraniums and rambling roses.

80 years young

Durham dales


Spreads into an attractive cushion


Really good addition to the rockery




Buy again


Lovely winter colour


Western Lake District




The great thing about this plant is that it is attractive and deer don't fancy it!

Frustrated gardener



Healthy plants


Fits in with my garden bed




Living up to expectations


These plants arrived, as usual, well packaged and very healthy. They have grown well over the summer. I am never disappointed with plants from Crocus.




Its too early in the year to be sure.


As I live in SW Scotland, I have to plant tough, very hardy flowers. This Euphorbia has good red/purple stems and seems very hardy - has withstood a very long winter (planted last Autumn) - and now appears to be healthy in spite of so many frosts, some severe (like the present minus 5 C.) We have had plenty of snow this winter and gale force winds. Now that April is here I anticipate growth so that I can spred the plant. I have enjoyed the long 'flowering' season of this family but never used this species before. It suits my requirement for low-growing tough plants.


Kirkconnel, Dumfries & Galloway,Scotland



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Is euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea evergreen?


Yes, this plant retains its foliage throughout the year.


Have difficult dry site under and around a tall Yew . I need ground cover and something to flower in Spring ,early Summer before other perennials in front of it grow up. What can you suggest?


Hello, This is indeed a tricky spot as very little can cope with the dry, shady conditions beneath a yew tree. The best will be the hardiest, but even these will need to be kept really well fed and watered if they are going to survive. With this in mind, I would recommend the following. Hedera Vinca Bergenia Lamium


Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' details 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 Rachel

Rachel Lavender

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 Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

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?

Mrs C Taylor

We have several plants that might interest you - here are some of the best Lavandula Cistus Kniphofia Euphorbias Yucca filamentosa Eryngium Sedum Brachyglottis Convolvulus cneorum


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?

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 any of the Euphorbias Yucca filamentosa Stipa tenuissima any of the Eryngiums any of the Sedum spectabile any of the Bergenias Erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine Convolvulus cneorum Phlomis italica Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group Festuca glauca




Hardy euphorbias, commonly known as spurges, make ideal plants for any gardener who rates themself as ‘keen but clueless’, yet a little bit adventurous. First and foremost they are excellent garden plants that can be used in the border and in containers,

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