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EUPHORBIA myrsinites

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

EUPHORBIA myrsinites

Plant Common Name

Myrtle Spurge

General Description

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 with other showy, sun-loving plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Turkey, Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Chartreuse, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes