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Regional Picks: Garden Staples – Mountain West

Fine Gardening - Issue 142

1. Cushion Spurge

Name: Euphorbia polychroma

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Size: 16 inches tall and 2 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

A relative of the poinsettia, this euphorbia’s color comes not from its flowers but from its bracts. The amazing florescent yellow hue adds an unbeatable punch of excitement to my spring garden. Cushion spurge is a long-lived perennial that has a lovely mounding shape all summer. It doesn’t need dividing or pruning, and the leaves turn an amazing red in fall. And if that isn’t enough to sell you on it, then add the fact that the deer don’t like it.

 

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