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PlantFiles: Euphorbia, Griffith's Spurge
Euphorbia griffithii 'Dixter'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: griffithii (GRIF-ith-ee-ey) (Info)
Cultivar: Dixter

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On May 17, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is attractive enough to win over even some who don't usually like orange in the garden. Soft orange bracts surround the flowers. The stems are red, the foliage has red tints, especially in spring, and the red leaf midvein (fading to white) adds a nice touch.

This is not a clump-former---plants spread underground by rhizomes. Some may find them too aggressive for border use. I grew this for a year, which isn't long enough to judge. It did not self-sow for me. A root barrier (like a big deep sunken bottomless pot) might be prudent.

This species comes from the Himalayas and hates hot summers. Armitage says it doesn't perform well in eastern North America south of Z7.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given this cultivar its prestigious Award of Garden Merit. I can't tell 'Dixter' and 'Fireglow' apart.

Neutral jamieos On Aug 16, 2010, jamieos from Ridgefield, CT wrote:

And why is the plant's name "Dixter"? Because, no doubt, because it was found or developed at Great Dixter, the marvelous home, garden and sales nursery of Christopher Lloyd, the recently deceased (2006) horticulturist and author of numerous books about British gardens, including his. Christopher Lloyd was one of my heroes and his garden continues under the aegis of Fergus Garrett, Lloyd's head gardener. Go online and google for much more on Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Roslindale, Massachusetts
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Anacortes, Washington
Chehalis, Washington

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