Cypress spurge

Euphorbia cyparissias 'Fens Ruby'

Cypress spurge - Euphorbia cyparissias  'Fens Ruby'

Common Name: Cypress spurge
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: cyparissias
Cultivar: 'Fens Ruby'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: PurpleFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Upright stems are strung with whorls of dark pink lance-shaped leaves which fade to dusky purple and in early summer the flower shoots curl over then straighten and burst open with rounded clusters of citrus yellow flowers. This is a gorgeous deciduous spreading perennial that looks great planted towards the front of a sunny border or as part of a Mediterranean scheme. It also makes excellent ground cover.

  • Garden care: To promote new shoots remove flowerheads in spring after they have flowered. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant.

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