Euphorbia epithymoides, Euphorbia polychroma, Cushion Spurge

Euphorbia epithymoides, Euphorbia polychroma

Cushion Spurge
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Southeast Europe, Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 4-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersIrritating plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Native to Southeast Europe and the Mediterranean, Euphorbia epithymoides (Cushion Spurge) is a small shrub that typically grows around two to five feet in height and width. It can be grown in full sun or semi shade environments and requires regular water when young but is more drought tolerant when mature.

The flowers of the Euphorbia epithymoides consist of tiny yellow or orange star-shaped cups. Although the flowers are quite pretty, the plant is thought to be quite irritating when touched so it is best to handle with caution.

Euphorbia epithymoides is hardy in USDA zones 4-10. I in pots, and can be grown in colder regions by bringing the plants indoors over winter and placing the pots in a warm, sunny location. The plant requires moderate water during the winter and more frequent waterings during the summer months.

Overall, Euphorbia epithymoides is a great plant for bringing color and shape to any garden. Its hardy nature, low maintenance requirements and hardiness to cold make it an ideal choice for gardens in more temperate climates.

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