euphorbia

Everyday Gardeners

Cushion Spurge, Act II

fall spurge
Cushion spurge glows in the springtime with its fluorescent yellow green flowers and bracts, but it also stars in the fall garden when its leaves sparkle in shades of red, purple, and orange. It’s easy to see where the plant got its botanical name: Euphorbia polychroma. This chameleon-like seasonal color change makes it an excellent choice for a well-drained perennial border. The bright red leaves also hint at spurge’s close relation to poinsettia. In addition to sharing red and gold color combinations, both plants have milky sap.

For more on growing cushion spurge, and to see it’s springtime color, go to our Plant Encyclopedia entry on spurges at http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/spurge/.