Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Variety of Euphorbia

In my recent research I've been quite amazed to learn of the varieties of Euphorbia.  I've gotten very fond of the spurges, two of which are in my garden. This is them in flower in the spring. They have blossoms a little brighter than the rest of plant-- in the first photo, in chartreuse. In the burgundy, darker blossoms top the stems.

The burgundy spurge I got only this year and am not happy with its placement.  When it cools off, I may move it. But the chartreuse one is in a perfect place.  I have read in my research that others find these spurges too invasive. Thus far in my garden, I have been able to weed unwanted interlopers.  This way I enjoy the spurge's spring display of not-quite-flower flowers.
The crown of thorns is a relative of the spurge, also being a euphorbia. Here it is in medium size.
The smaller size is pictured below. 

All euphorbias are succulents, so require less water than most plants, thus surviving the heat and drought.  The poinsetta is also part of this larger species of euphorbia.  What a varied group of plants!!


Teresa said...

Very interesting post. I did not know that about pointsettas. It is quite a varied group of flowers. I have a yellow spurge (I think?)that blooms in the springtime and is just bushy green for the summer. It is very pretty.

Rosey Pollen said...

I am interested in succulents, I am going to see if there is a Euphorbia that can be grown in Zone 3/4! These are lovely!

Muhammad khabbab said...

nice pics specially the samll ones.

Euphorbias are great choice in my zone 10b. We grow lots of their varieties. poinsettas which we grow here bloom in late winter and spring. And they have very big blooms.