The Chrome or Cushion Spurge is a popular perennial for spring display. Especially nice to use alongside tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs. Outstanding for its display of bright golden-yellow flowers. Over a perfect cushion of light green leaves. Spurge: Beautiful And Unique!
Spurge: Beautiful And Unique
A garden can always benefit from those special plants that can stop the eye or act as foils for the sweeps of color and texture that are the mainstays of a perennial border.
These plants are not massed. But stand alone to catch your eyes and redirect them from plant to plant. Spurges are such worthy plants.
Some are short-lived (even so, totally worth growing). And should be divided or propagated every two to three years, either in early fall or spring.
Many benefit from being cut back hard, at least by one-third, after flowering is finished. This keeps any free-seeders from gaining the upper hand and encourages a flush of new fresh foliage.
Spurge grows quite well from seeds sown indoors in pots. You can propagate Euphorbia more quickly and easily by gathering up the “volunteers” around an established plant. You may also root stem cuttings in a soilless medium, such as peat. Keep them lightly misted and enclose the pot in a bag to keep moisture in. Let the pot breathe once a day for an hour, so the soil does not mold.
Whether you want a giant thornless cactus specimen 6 feet tall or a creeping. Sweetly flowering ground cover, you should try growing Euphorbias. They reward the gardener with more than just good looks, but remind us all of the variety and beauty found in nature.
All There Is To Know About The Spurge
Spurge is a unique, original and cute perennial. It is subdivided into a great number of species: over 2300 have been accounted to this day. Practically the only thing they share in common is the sap which is highly irritant and poisonous. The plant can be a perennial, an annual, a biennial and sometimes grows as big as a shrub.
It thus needs just the right climates to keep its leaves for all 4 seasons of the year. It grows a lot, and quickly, which makes it adequate for ground cover. If the acid green color of the plant surprises you in spring, you won’t be disappointed. All year long, this plant is remarkable when the leaves can last that long.
Exposure: Sun or Shade?
Spurge in general are sun lovers, though some will tolerate partial shade. Those with deep-purple or reddish foliage will have more-intense coloring if planted in full sun.
A very few types actually prefer at least dappled shade, while others can thrive in bright sun in the North but need part shade in the blinding light of the South. Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae is a popular choice that grows well in shade.
Planting spurge is best in fall to favor root development before winter and thus growing back in spring.
You can also plant it up to spring but avoid frost spells. If you’re planting in spring, you’ll need to remember to water more often over the 1st year.