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Osgoode, ON
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8525779

After glimpsing trough your article I realized that I still had no clue how this "naming-thing" works so it was off to Wiki for some more background reading! I now have a vague understanding of the taxonomy structure. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to explain so much details - and to tickle someones' curiosity in the process! I still haven't quite digested the significance of the amazing array of reproductive 'machinery', the Euphorbias are armed with. They are a tremendously resilient and productive crowd though, as you have no doubt discovered while hosting them in your garden in perfect growing conditions. I had a run-in with a "Spurge" ( the feathery-leaved, bright-green-flowering plant), something i had picked up at a plant sale, so it came without "instructions". well foolish me for not doing my homework before planting it ! This particular types' survival method is packed into its roots which go tunneling at amazing speed and pop up new shoots at quite a radius all over the place. Picture new plants from them, followed by its root systems and you have the picture. The creeping juniper dozing away peacefully would have been covered in no time. But I'm get side-tracked. Loved your article and need to learn more about the proper naming and taxonomy of plants. Can you, or anyone else for that matter suggest some bedtime reading matter on the subject?
Thanks, Sabine


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8526025

Taxonomy can be pretty dry, and sadly there do not seem to be any good comprehensive Euphorbia texts (too large a subject, perhaps?). There is a good journal called Euphorbia, but it is pretty old and am not sure there are still issues being published. Kind of expensive, too... but an excellent source of Euphorbia info. I have not grown spurge here much but I see it in other gardens and it does tend to run amok... My last article I wrote was on invasive succulents in my garden and I do have a few minor invaders... but I got a lot of feedback about spurge and it seems you are not alone in discovering its invasiveness.
Osgoode, ON
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2011
5:57 AM

Post #8536441

Thanks for the feed-back! We are having a late start in the garden here in Ontario! Too much rain and low temperatures. The tulips are edging towards opening their flowers - its probably hard for you to imagine down there in California!

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