Broad Leaved Glaucous Spurge

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Broad Leaved Glaucous Spurge. Nicer than broad beans, less nice than a holiday abroad.

It’s not often that a plant’s common name is longer than the Latin one, but Euphorbia myrsinites is one of them. Otherwise known as the Broad Leaved Glaucous Spurge, this evergreen plant sports yellow green blooms from spring right through to autumn. These are beautifully complemented by its bright green leaves. Unlike some of its close relatives, it’s well suited to our inclement British climate and can cope with pretty much all that the weather can throw at it. It’s easy to grow and look after, making it a great choice for the novice or time short gardener.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have severe stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Trailing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • City
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Ground cover
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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