Gerald L. Klingaman
Salmon-red stems are lined with green leaves with reddish undersides on the woodspurge, and bears chartreuse flowers in springtime. An upright clumping perennial that is usually evergreen, it is native to eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains.
Its spoon-shaped green to dark green leaves encircle and line the tall stems that are a contrasting salmon-red. In mid-spring to early summer, the stem tips bear a cluster of green-yellow flowers that are cup-shaped bracts (modified leaves called...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Massive, bright green flower heads top the leafy, hairy stems of Mediterranean spurge in springtime. This upright, shrubby perennial is native to the western Mediterranean, where it thrives in upland, open, seaside sites with dry, sharply drained soil.
Dense whorls of narrow, grayish green leaves encircle the purplish, hairy stems of Mediterranean spurge, adding to its bold, architectural looks. The foliage remains evergreen to semi-evergreen through winter. Airy, rounded flower clusters are...
(Glacier Blue Spurge, Mediterranean Spurge, Variegated Spurge)
Glacier Blue variegated spurge offers blue-gray foliage edged in creamy white, lending extra visual appeal to its bold, architectural form. A shrubby species native to Portugal and the western Mediterranean region of Europe, 'Glacier Blue' is a more compact form that was a mutation of the popular cultivar 'Tasmanian Tiger' found in 2004.
The narrow, linear leaves of this perennial densely encircle thick, upright stems, and remain evergreen to semi-evergreen throughout winter. Airy, rounded...
James H. Schutte
(Mediterranean Spurge, Tasmanian Tiger Spurge)
Tasmanian Tiger spurge was discovered in Tasmania, Australia in 1993, and was selected for its compact growth and beautifully variegated foliage. It resulted from a chance cross between Euphorbia characias ‘Lambrook Gold’ and an unidentified cultivar of the same species. It is a form of Mediterranean spurge, a shrubby perennial native to Portugal and the western Mediterranean region of Europe.
The mint green leaves and flower bracts of ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ are edged and striped with...
(Mediterranean Spurge, Silver Swan Spurge)
Silver Swan spurge, selection ‘Wilcott’, offers mint green foliage edged crisply in white, lending extra visual appeal to its bold, architectural form. Originally discovered in England, this selection offers more vigorous growth than previously available variegated cultivars, and is also sold under the name ‘Silver Swan’. It is derived from a shrubby species native to Portugal and the western Mediterranean region of Europe.
The narrow, linear leaves of this perennial densely encircle thick,...
(Mediterranean Spurge, Wulfen’s Mediterranean Spurge)
A semi-succulent euphorb with spectacular spring flowers, Wulfen’s Mediterranean spurge has densely fuzzy, greyish green leaves that look great year round. In spring, large, terminal heads of yellow to yellowish green flowers are produced. This upright, shrubby perennial is native to the western Mediterranean where it thrives in upland, open, seaside sites with dry, sharply drained soil.
Dense whorls of narrow, grayish green to silvery green leaves encircle the purplish, hairy stems of Mediterranean...
Gerald L. Klingaman
A tough rock garden gem, myrtle spurge can't be beat for season-long interest. This native of Eastern Europe and Turkey has long prostrate stems densely lined with sharp-tipped, silvery seagreen leaves that are evergreen. In very early spring, these stems become punctuated with clusters of flowers with bright chartreuse bracts.
Highly drought tolerant, this perennial requires full sun and can take poor soils as long as they have good drainage. Its beautiful and interesting foliage contrasts nicely...
James H. Schutte
Native to Europe and Turkey, cushion spurge is notable for its breathtaking spring to early summer display of brilliant yellow-green flowers. This beautiful herbaceous perennial forms a neat, rounded mound of sturdy stems which are densely encircled with small, oval, deep green leaves. The softly-textured foliage may develop attractive tints of red and orange in fall. Bright yellow flower clusters appear at the ends of the stems in spring, and remain showy well into summer. These are actually...
(Mediterranean Spurge, Upright Myrtle Spurge)
Native to Iran, Morocco and the Mediterranean region of Europe, this beautiful spurge offers exceptional color and interest for gardens in dry climates. Its thick, fleshy, upright to arching stems are encircled with oval, pointed, blue-green foliage which remains evergreen to semi-evergreen in winter. Large, rounded, bright yellow flower clusters appear at the ends of the stems from spring to early summer. These are actually composed of colorful bracts surrounding small, less conspicuous flowers.