Plant of the month : Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’

Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’

 

  • Other common names spurge [Blackbird]
  • Family Euphorbiaceae
  • Genus Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts
  • Details‘Blackbird’ is a dwarf evergreen sub-shrub forming a bushy mound to 50cm. The narrow leaves are green flushed with dark reddish purple, the colour deepest in good light. The flower bracts are bright yellowish green, present from early to late spring

 

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained, light soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by division in early spring or take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Patio & Container Plants Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back flowering shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn

Pests Aphids may be a problem

Diseases May be subject to grey moulds

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