More
    Categories

    Cypress Spurge

    Related Articles

    Overview

    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 nor female flowers have petals. Two large leaf-like bracts usually enclose the whole structure. In turn, several inflorescences are grouped into umbel-like heads.

    The 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.

    Planting Tips

    The Cypress spurge 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.

    Video Credits: Capital Naturalist

    References:

    1. Clive Lane – The Horticulture Gardener’s Guides – Plants for Small Spaces
    2. Simon Harrap – Harrap’s Wild Flowers
    3. Marie Harrison – Groundcovers For The South

    Categories

    Other Topics

    Nodular Dermatofibrosis

    What Is A Nodular Dermatofibrosis? Nodular dermatofibrosis is a noncancerous skin disease associated with internal malignancy and recognized...

    Norwegian Buhund

    History & Overview The Norwegian Buhund, also known as Norsk Buhund, has been kept by Norwegian farmers for...

    Yellow-headed Blackbird

    Overview The Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) nests over water 2 to 4 feet deep, and may abandon a...

    Inappropriate Urination

    Of all cat "accidents", inappropriate urination causes the most cleanup woes. Help prevent it by providing a clean, well-maintained, accessible litter box...

    Portuguese Podengo (Podengo-português)

    History & Overview The Podengo Português is a national dog of Portugal. The breed traces its origins to...