Euphorbias are easily recognized. They have simple, usually hairless leaves, that bleed an acrid white sap. Spurges have very distinct complex flowers. At the center are several tiny male flowers, and a single rather large female flower. neither male or female flowers have petals. The whole structure is usually enclosed by two large leaf-like bracts. In turn, several inflorescence are grouped into unbel-like heads.
Cypress spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias) is a very showy herbaceous plant with fragrant chartreuse flowers in early spring. With multiple very fine leaves, a bed of Cypress spurge resembles a forest of miniature cypress seedlings.
Cypress spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias) is a useful carpeting plant for dry, poor soil that needs watering every 3 weeks. It is easy to grow and needs little attention. It will need curtailing once or twice a year to prevent them from engulfing their neighbors. Always wear gloves when dealing euphorbias, because their milky sap is a common skin irritant.
Cypress Spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias)
High-resolution image of Cypress Spurge flowers 1102 x 732 pixels file size: 134 KB
More about Cypress Spurge
- The Horticulture Gardener's Guides - Plants for Small Spaces. Clive Lane
- Harrap's Wild Flowers. Simon Harrap
- Groundcovers for the South. Marie Harrison