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‘Rubra’ Wood spurge

Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Rubra’

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This cultivar has a compact, bushy habit to 20 inches tall and purple-red flushed leaves, especially on new growth and in winter. It produces yellow bracts in mid-spring and early summer.

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

CareThis plant prefers dry, well-drained soil in dappled shade (it is drought tolerant) or moist soil in full sun. Cut down the foliage after flowering to produce fresh, mahogany-hued foliage. 

PropagationSow seed of hardy perennials when ripe or in spring; divide perennials 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 : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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