Monday, March 25, 2013


Euphorbia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. Consisting of 2008 species, Euphorbia is one of the largest and most diverse genera in the plant kingdom!!
Scientific nameEuphorbia
This is an amazing plant and as you can read, there are many in the family!!! You must be aware and read up on them before you plant, as some are invasive. I found that out the hard way and I'm still pulling a small one that has taken off like wild fire out of the front garden!!!!

The Christmas Poinsettia is a Euphorbia!!!

Plants zones vary by species as does the watering and sun needs, so you need to read up on each one individually. The sap can be irritating or poisonous, so be careful with pets and children.

The few that I have that I am keeping are fairly easy to care for. They are evergreen and do bloom, although their blooms are very different than many other flowering plants. They have bracts, and inside the bracts are the tiny little blooms. The bracts on some of the plants are bright like a bloom. 
Euphorbia Wulfenii-in bloom, photo taken today!!
A close of of the bracts
You can kind of see inside the bracts at the blooms in this photo.
They look lovely, but the Phlox behind should have been cut back last winter!!

These are getting ready to bloom, they will have more of a dark red bloom inside the bracts.
These are so nice and soft to touch!!!
I just love the look of the Euphorbia and I wonder why I don't see more in gardens?

Getting close to a bloom!!
This one still hasn't made any blooms, so I will keep an eye on it.
Care is easy, I keep it watered in the summer, cut back the stalks that bloomed in the spring. I usually do that during the summer time. Pretty easy care. They can re-seed here and there and are easily pulled up.

Now that little trouble one actually goes under ground and spreads that way. The roots go every which way! Beware!!!

1 comment:

  1. So pretty! At first glance, I thought the first photo was a sedum, but then noticed it looks taller and more full. Where did you get all these varieties?


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