Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

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2 litre pot £17.99 £14.39
available to order from spring
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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: Cut back the faded flower stems, when they start to die back. 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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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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Great for the shady tree covered area at the bottom of the garden. The plant is fairly unassuming but grows and spreads year on year.




Wonderful but treat with care


Euphorbia have a particular look that can take a while to appreciate. These purple varieties are just fabulous. That said, they are really delicate and so can die easily. If a lower branch or some of the roots are damaged (by squirrels digging, pets trampling, careless humans) my experience is that they readily bleed out their sap and the whole plant can die. Also prone to powdery mildew. Otherwise wonderful.




Great plant for part shade


Great plant for my awkward garden. Fences, shady areas etc. Colours work well for my scheme. Looks great in spring with spring flowering bulbs. Love the acid green flowers. It's supposed re-seed but mine never has. All plants from Crocus arrive well packed and are really healthy.

Iris Rose



My Favourite Euphorbia.


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.


East Yorkshire



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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 :)

Not green fingered

Hello, 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'.


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

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? Nicholas


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 Epimedium Euphorbia amygdaloides Bergenia Anemone blanda I hope this gives you a few ideas. 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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