Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info) Cultivar: Blackbird Additional cultivar information: (PP17178, aka Nothowlee) Hybridized by Howard/Leeding; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006
Hardiness: 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
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
I love Euphorbias for their unique foliage and flowering characteristics.
As a landscape design professional, I am always "testing" plants in my garden - a half acre site in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX
Most of our property is shaded, and it's a rocky, alkaline soil - although Ive made a lot of raised beds with better bed prep.
While Euphorbias are said to only be for full sun - part shade, I have some planted in a fair amount of shade / dappled sun light and it performs quite well.
The E. Blackbird is in the most shade, but I also have E. Ascot Rainbow, E.Tasmanian Tiger, E. Myrsinites, and E. Shorty.
Of course the ones in full sun are much more full, but still they don't seem to mind the shade.
On Dec 31, 2010, Kaelkitty from Adelaide Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:
Discovered by Mark Howard and Simon Leeding at Notcutts Nursery in Suffolk England. Introduced to the horticultural trade by Plant Haven Inc. It is a sport of E. 'Red Wing' and therefore shares the same parentage. The full name of the plant is thus Euphorbia ×martinii 'Blackbird'. Euphorbia ×martinii is Euphorbia amygdaloides X Euphorbia characias.
On May 8, 2010, HostaHost from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant is definitely one worth having! It is so unusual; passersby who visit almost always do a second-take. The leaves are almost iridescent - they seem to shimmer with the rainbow of subtle colors. The chartreuse colored flowers absolutely makes for a stunning combination.
On Nov 15, 2007, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Euphorbia 'Blackbird' is outstanding! It's the first year in our gardens and even though it hasn't bloomed yet the dark foliage is wonderful combined with gold foliage plants to create a real stand out in the garden. An evergreen perennial that appreciates a pruning after flowering in the spring. Caution: as with all Euphorbias, avoid skin contact with the milky sap.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Brea, California Carlsbad, California Glendale, California La Canada Flintridge, California Mission Canyon, California Oakhurst, California San Jose, California (2 reports) San Leandro, California Tallahassee, Florida Wichita, Kansas Catonsville, Maryland Cockeysville, Maryland Madison, Mississippi Sarcoxie, Missouri Elizabeth City, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Tulsa, Oklahoma Rockcreek, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania Schlusser, Pennsylvania East Sumter, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Clarksville, Tennessee Hendersonville, Tennessee Atlanta, Texas Austin, Texas Cockrell Hill, Texas Lexington, Virginia Graham, Washington Olympia, Washington Vancouver, Washington