Flowering Spurge, Prairie Baby's Breath
Euphorbia corollata

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: corollata (kor-uh-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Morrilton, Arkansas

Bloomingdale, Illinois

South Amana, Iowa

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Millbrook, New York

Crossville, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 18, 2013, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This beautiful plant is grossly underutilized in gardens.

It's one of the easiest and toughest of perennials. It produces clouds of tiny, airy white flowers for months on end---the effect is often compared to babies' breath (Gypsophila). Because of the small size of the individual flowers and the fine texture, this is a member of the chorus and not a leading lady, but it's lovely all the same. Looks great contrasted with bold foliage, and makes a great "weaver" in the border.

Makes a good cut flower if the cut ends are heat-treated like poppies. Beautiful long-lasting red fall foliage color.

Drought tolerant, deer-resistant, long-lived, no significant pests or diseases, no deadheading necessary. The flowers are very popular with a variety of be... read more

Positive

On Aug 10, 2012, acertel7 from Bloomingdale, IL wrote:

I LOVE this plant! Talk about an easy, reliable plant that blooms all summer long! My Euphoria is planted in a narrow area between a concrete walkway and the south-facing wall of my garage. The many white flowers stand out against the dark, brick background and are beautiful! They lighten the area with their white color and their "airiness" and are even nice in a bouquet. They have bloomed steadily since the beginning of June and it's near the end of August with no diminishment of flowers. Other than adding a small support to keep them from leaning away from the brick wall, Euphorbia corollata has demanded little water and NO deadheading, and has truly been a carefree plant in my yard. I wish I had an entire line of them along the brick wall as they stand out much better than the "Ste... read more

Neutral

On Jan 17, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

The flowers attract wasps, flies,
and short-tongued bees.The wasps are such
visitors as Mud Daubers, Paper wasps, Spider wasps, Cuckoo
wasps, Tiphiid wasps, Crabronine wasps, and Ichneumonid
wasps. Fly visitors include Syrphid flies, bee flies,
Tachinid flies, flesh flies, blow flies, and Muscid flies.
The seeds are popular
with birds, including the Wild Turkey,
Greater Prairie Chicken, Bobwhite, Mourning Dove, and
Horned Lark. This plant is rarely eaten by
herbivores because of the toxic white latex in the leaves
and stems, which can kill cattle.