Euphorbia myrsinites is a small shrub, only growing to a height of 2-5 ft. It is a plant native to Southern Europe and Asia Minor and has a distinctive look. It is perfect for adding a unique flare to any garden, as well as for xeriscaping in dry areas. This plant is incredibly drought tolerant and can tolerate full sun as well as semi-shade. It loves moderate water and will reward you with beautiful yellow to orange flowers.
However, it is also important to note that Euphorbia myrsinites is also slightly irritating to the skin, mouth and stomach, so it is best to handle the plant with care and gloves. Cautious due to its toxicity, it is a popular option for gardeners with children and pets.
Euphorbia myrsinites is perfect for growing outdoors in USDA Zones 5 through 8 and is, surprisingly, quite cold hardy. Once it's a mature plant, it can tolerate temperatures in the low 30 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time.
When planting this shrub, it's best to find a suitable growing spot it can enjoy for years to come. Because of its need for good drainage, look for a well-drained, sunny locations, with enough space for the shrub to grow to its full potential. Generally, it's best to plant the shrub in early spring, when temperatures outside remain moderate.
To plant Euphorbia myrsinites in a pot, choose a container with adequate drainage holes, fill it with quality potting soil and place it in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade each day. Water the soil deeply and consistently, allowing the top two inches of soil to dry out before each watering. For those in cold regions, bringing the potted plant indoors each winter can help protect it from market-threatening winter cold.
Euphorbia myrsinites is an eye-catching, low maintenance shrub that is perfect for a dry and sunny spot in your garden. Its unique look and vibrant flowers are sure to bring a unique flare to your garden. Plus, this shrubs drought resistance allows for more leisurely care.