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EUPHORBIA hypericifolia (DIAMOND FROST®)

Image of Euphorbia hypericifolia 'Inneuphdia' (DIAMOND FROST®) PP17567

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Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

EUPHORBIA hypericifolia 'Inneuphdia'(DIAMOND FROST®) PP17567

Plant Common Name

Diamond Frost Euphorbia, Canchalagua, Hypericum-leaved Spurge, Leche-leche

General Description

The light airy spurge Diamond Frost® has quickly gained fame as a reliable heat-tolerant bedding annual. It blooms continuously through the growing season producing fine lacy white flowers above delicate bushy plants. This truly deer resistant annual was bred in Germany by Garry Grueber and first introduced in 2004.

A native to tropical areas in Mexico, Central America and South America, hypericum-leaved spurge is a small roadside and field weed and has recently been cultivated as a garden bedding plant. It is a small, upright, airy spurge that produces small, lacy white flowers when growing conditions are warm. It is a frost tender annual that may survive as a short-lived perennial in winter-free zones. Cultivated varieties have larger flowers than wild-type and denser, bushier habits. They are low-growing and suited to flower garden and container edges.

The fine leaves of this spurge are linear, dark to light green and smooth. White, milky sap is emitted when the leaves or stems are broken. Delicate white flowers are produced and will continue blooming for much of the growing season. Wild forms produce lots of seed and tend to be weedy.

Grow this sweet euphorb in full to partial sun. It thrives in very well-drained soil with average to good fertility. Refrain from overwatering, as this can cause root rot, and allow the soil to dry a bit between watering. The best known cultivated variety is Diamond Frost®, a large-flowered, vigorous form that adds effusive beauty to hanging baskets and garden edges.

This species has become naturalized in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide and is considered a weed in the Old World.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes