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Blue Myrtle Spurge

  • Colour: Yellow-green
  • Flowering: April-May
  • Foliage: Evergreen
  • Height: 20cm
  • Spreading, trailing stems up to 40cm
  • Excellent for rockeries or hanging baskets.
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well drained. Drought tolerant when established
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
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Description

Euphorbia myrsinites, Creeping Blue Myrtle Spurge Plants

Formally known as broad-leaved glaucous Spurge, Euphorbia myrsinites is a shoo-in as an evergreen foliage plant for all hot dry spots like rockeries and containers, where its trailing habit can be shown off to best effect.
The yellow-green flower bracts in Spring briefly add a nice jolt of colour before fading down to a very pale pink, but it is really grown for its pleasingly regular, symmetrical leaves and their blue-grey-green hue that. 

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Features

  • Colour: Yellow-green
  • Flowering: April-May
  • Foliage: Evergreen
  • Height: 20cm
  • Spreading, trailing stems up to 40cm
  • Excellent for rockeries or hanging baskets.
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well drained. Drought tolerant when established
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Euphorbia myrsinites

These hardy plants must have plenty of sun, ideally all day, and well drained soil. 

Note: the milky sap is a strong irritant that gives some people a nasty rash, so wear gloves and then wash your hands before touching your face when handling them in the growing season.

Did You Know?

The name myrsinites refers to its passing similarity with True Myrtle, Myrtus communis. They really aren't very similar plants, but if you only have Myrtle as a point of reference, then "Myrtle-ish" is as good a description as any. 

Cultivation Instructions

Plant in well-drained, or moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Water well until established.

Cut back faded flower stems in autumn. Wear gloves and take care as the sap is poisonous and a skin and eye irritant. This low maintenance plant is generally pest and disease-free. Divide clumps, and/or remove runners in early spring.