Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cushion spurge.

I don't have a lot of yellow in my garden, and am not a big fan of Euphorbias (although I like the name, Spurge), but this little plant has for several years provided very nice early spring colour.

I'm pretty sure this is E. polychroma, which eventually forms a nice hemispheric cluster, and is aptly named Cushion Spurge.


Helen said...

Yes, definitely E. polychroma -- though something in the back of the mind tells me it has changed names recently.

I have this plant in my dry, sandy shade garden, and am happy to let it self-seed around the place. The repetition of yellow adds a strong design feature in spring when my garden is at its best. I find it's happiest where it seeds itself. When I try to transplant, sometimes it sulks (see dry, sandy shade).

Be careful with euphorbias, as they can cause skin irritation, especially if you come into contact the milky sap.

Karen said...

Yeah, I have been afraid of these too and not always a fan of their freaky alien weird looks. But this one seems pretty mellow. Spurge sap can cause burns and permanent eye damage, tell your family to beware!

Adrian Thysse, FCD said...

E. polychroma, sometimes epithymoides. A tough nut, hardy up here in Edmonton, Alberta. In our front garden we also allow it to self seed, creating a unifying effect.

Hugh said...

Thanks Helen and Adrian, for help with the identification. And thanks Helen and Karen, for the cautions. I'll keep the kids away, and as I am terribly allergic to many plant saps, will be careful.