With velvety foliage that darkens to near black in full sun, ‘Black Bird’ euphorbia looks good in perennial borders and is especially striking in containers. Flowers open above bright, lime green bracts on red stems that form a compact vase shape. -Pat McKernan, Regional Picks: Midwest, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy CharacteristicsDark, velvety foliage and yellowish green bracts. The latex sap will irritate skin.
CareProvide full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. When the flowers fade, cut the stem at the base to make new shoots, but avoid contact with the sap, which causes skin irritation.
PropagationDivide plants in early spring, or take cuttings in spring or early summer.
- Genus : Euphorbia
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Foliage Color : Black
- Uses : Containers
- Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Flower Color : Green
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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