Euphorbia in Bloom

Euphorbia in Bloom

Lily Gahagan
Apr 3, 2009

The Spring green we love so much is showing up all over the place, but one of our favorite bearers of the color is euphorbia. The plant, with its little green "alien eye"-looking flowers, seems to be everywhere this time of year...

If you're lucky enough to have an outdoor space to garden, we've found that euphorbia look especially bright and inviting at the entrance of a home. There are many different species of plant to the genus, but the most common here in the Pacific Northwest seems to be euphorbia characias, ssp wolfenii, or Mediterranean Spurge. The vibrant chartreuse flowers will bloom from late Winter through mid-Fall, giving you plenty of time to enjoy them. One word of advice, though - when cut, the milky sap of the plant is an irritant and can be toxic to smaller creatures (think bunnies, gophers, etc), so handle with care. We want to know if anyone has tried growing these in containers. If so, what was your experience?

Images: at top, petrichor; above, cramsay23 via Flickr's Creative Commons.

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