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You won’t find a better low-maintenance annual for your beds, borders, or containers than euphorbia. This tough plant offers outstanding heat and drought resistance. Instead of showy flower petals, euphorbia has modified leaves, called bracts. The vigorous grower so it can quickly fill a garden space.
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Part Sun, Sun
From 6 inches to 3 feet
Up to 2 feet
There are many varieties and cultivars of euphorbia so you are bound to find one to bloom in any season. While some euphorbias sport showy white bracts, others are green and yellow. Some bloom nonstop throughout the growing season—no deadheading required.
Euphorbia Care Must-Knows
Most varieties require similar conditions. They thrive in full sun, which ensures the best and brightest flowers and continuous blossoms. Although the plants tolerate part sun, they will set fewer blossoms and muted, looser foliage.
Euphorbias perform best in well-drained soil. Even during long periods of drought, they'll keep their display of blossoms. Some euphorbias are succulents and can be grown as you would a cactus. If kept in wet soil, euphorbias rot.
When cut or damaged, euphorbia exude a milky white poisonous sap that deer and rabbits don't like. The sap can irritate skin and cause a rash in sensitive people, so make sure to wear gloves when handling euphorbia. Avoid getting the sap in your eyes, as it can cause vision problems and even blindness.