cypress spurge – euphorbia cyparissias

16 Apr

euphorbia 005euphorbia 003The cypress spurge provides a colorful underplanting to the newly forming red leaves of the knockout roses that line the front sidewalk.  (Click on either picture to get a closer look.)  By late Spring, the top leaves of euphorbia will lose their bright yellow color and there will be a carpet of solid medium green.  A couple of words of caution about cypress spurge.  It spreads very rapidly and can quickly get out of control.  Also, the stems contain a milky substance that can provoke a red, itchy rash – much like poison ivy.  If you decide to plant cyress spurge, always wear long sleeves and gloves when you work in the bed (I even take those precautions when I cut out the dead growth in Spring, just in case) and be prepared to dig up lots of unwanted shoots from nearly beds.


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