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Cushion spurge

Euphorbia polychroma

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Electric yellow bracts bloom on a low cushion in April and persist, but gently fade as the stems elongate to form a 16-inch mound by midsummer. The leaves produce shades of red, orange, and purple in autumn.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsMilky sap may cause irritation to skin and severe discomfort if ingested.

CareGrow in full sun to partial shade, in moist but well-drained soil. It self-sows regularly. 

PropagationSow seeds when ripe or in spring; divide in early spring.

ProblemsNematodes, spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, fungal and bacterial diseases.

  • Genus : Euphorbia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Fall Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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