Other Names
Spurge, Leafy Spurge.
New Caledonia, Australia, Asia, Africa, Americas.
Perennial (herbaceous). This is a very diverse genus, and some species may also be annuals, or biennials. Euphorbias illustrated on this page are perennials.
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 7 - 10.
Spring, Summer, Fall.
Up to 3 ft. (90 cm).
Sunny location. Dry, sandy, well drained soils.
By seed (sow later, in the Spring).
Euphorbia is a very large, and diverse genus of plants, inc. mole plants, poinsettias, and many succulents.
From Spring, till Fall, Euphorbias provide continuous garden interest. They are perfect in informal gardens, mixed with differently colored, sized, and textured plants. All Euphorbias produce sap, and it's very toxic!
When dealing with cut stems, wear gloves to avoid irritation to eyes, or skin. Keep children and pets from licking the sap, to
avoid poisoning.
While they are completely unsuitable (too potent) for home made remedies, Euphorbias do have application in professional medicine, for people with breathing difficulties, or externally in burns.
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