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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)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


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)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous 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 beneficial pollinators.

This species grows slowly, and since it's taprooted it doesn't move well once established. Even the seedlings are hard to move. Potted plants are small and unprepossessing, and it takes a year or two in the ground for them really to show what they can do.

I find it self-sows lightly, but it isn't the least aggressive or invasive. Seedlings are easily removed.

This plant likes dry conditions once established. It can rot in a bed that's poorly drained or irrigated too often. Like all euphorbias, it has a white latex/sap that can give some people a skin rash.

Positive acertel7 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 "Stella d'Oro" that is along side them. I'm on the prowl for more of these beauties as my local garden center does not carry them.

Neutral JodyC 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.


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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