at Digging Dog
July – September.
Named after Euphorbus, physician to the king of Mauritania, this robust, sun-loving genus includes the familiar Poinsettia and is over 1600 species strong. Most species have a poisonous milky sap and softly colored bracts that surround subtly defined flowers. Autumn watches their narrow green leaves turn shades of red, orange and yellow.
An Eastern Himalayan inhabitant, this summer blooming Euphorbia has young reddish shoots and a lovely pink cast to its new leaves. Mature foliage is large and apple green with a creamy pink midrib, while thick, upright reddish stems slowly spread, supporting the lime-green flowers without staking.
The Sikkim Spurge provides architectural interest and alluring foliar contrast when it flanks broad-leafed Salvia prezwalskii.
Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.
Euphorbia sikkimensis (P-0401)
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