Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Euphorbia polycroma

As not much is blooming in my garden yet, there is one plant that is spectacular in bud.
Euphorbia polycroma, also known as cushion spurge forms a nice dome of light green leaves with glowing yellow flowers late in spring.  It reaches a height of 12-18 inches.
After the flowers have finished blooming, the plant can be cut back to four inches or so to encourage a new flush or leaves.  A very drought tolerant plant and of course is sun loving.
I was so pleased with this variety, that last year I purchased E. 'Bonfire' that matures to a deep red and remains so until frost.  A little more compact, it reaches 10 inches tall.
As you can see here, the leaves are even starting out red so I expect a vibrant colour for the season.
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16 comments:

Diana said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

It's interesting to me how nature lets the more subtle and ephemeral plants take center stage before all the boisterous summer blooms muscle in on the show.

Darla said...

Very nice. I have seen the yellow one before but not the red, curious to see how it does.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Judith: That's a beautiful plant. Are the leaves kind of fuzzy? I have a similar plant that grows the same but the flowers, although yellow, do not look quite like yours and the leaves are not fuzzy. I don't know it's name but it's very pretty..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Was very interested in this post as over a few years now I have been collecting euphorbias. This will one to look out for.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I took a photo of mine the other day because I thought the same thing.It is a lovely colour right about now. V

Beth said...

Judith, I like your euphorbia. It's nice to have something that you can enjoy for 3 seasons.
Blessings, Beth

A Garden of Threads said...

Looks like a neat plant. What kind of conditions does it like, wet/dry. Jen.

Jean said...

I just discovered spurge a couple years ago. I've never seen the red. Love it! Jean

My Little Home and Garden said...

I like the contrast of the red and green in the final photo.

podso said...

Amazing color on that little plant! You will have to show us later in the season too.

Elaine Cristina said...

I appreciate the care that the visit!
Be always welcome to my simple little corner!
I love to garden, plants, flowers and the like.
I fell in love with space and with certainty will always be around!
A happy Wednesday.

Rebecca said...

Hey lovely lady! How are you girlfriend? I love everything you grow! I don't have a green thumb so I really struggle with the outdoors. But...I try!

xoRebecca

Elaine Cristina said...

Good night dear Judith.
I thank you for your loving presence in my simple little corner!
Be always welcome!
Delighted with your space.
Congratulations!
Elaine
Brazil

Brenda said...

Oh, your flowers are getting off to such a great start! Can't wait to see pictures when they bloom. Your violets, Easter lily, and delicious looking cupcakes are great in your previous post. Your teacup and saucer are so charming.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Brenda

Zuzu said...

These look wonderful, Judith. At my house, I'm seeing tiny green leaves (where the bunnies haven't eaten them down already), but no color yet.
Have a wonderful day,
Zuzu

Red Rose. said...

Hi,Judith.
They are very cute plant.It is first time for me to see!! Very interesting.
Here in my town, the cherry blossoms are starting to fall. We enjoyed the flowers in full bloom for one week.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Tomoko

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