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PlantFiles: Wood Spurge
Euphorbia amygdaloides f. purpurata

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: amygdaloides f. purpurata
Additional cultivar information: (Purpurea)

Synonym:Euphorbia amygdaloides var. purpurea

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

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:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

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:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is an exceptionally valuable perennial. It tolerates dry shade, though it prefers light shade and moist well-drained soil. The maroon foliage is a good color echo with the dark-leaved Heucheras, and both plants like the same conditions. Semi-evergreen here in Boston, and evergreen further south. The purple foliage tints are stronger with more sun.

The chartreuse flower bracts are very showy and liven pink-and-purple color schemes. Bloom occurs on the ends of last year's stems, so don't cut this plant back in your fall cleanup. Cut flowering stems to the ground after bloom to encourage fresh growth from the base. This is the only maintenance needed.

This plant is hardy to Z5a. Valuable as it is, this species is being displaced in the trade by E. x martinii hybrids, which are showy but not as hardy, and usually used as container plants.

Like most perennials, this will self-sow sparingly under ideal conditions, if seed is allowed to mature. It will not become a pest. Seedlings come true to foliage color.

Like all euphorbias, the sap is a sticky white latex that's toxic. Rarely eaten by deer or other foragers. Some people get a skin rash from contact with the sap.

After several years, mature clumps can be divided. When bare-rooted, clumps will fall easily apart into separate plants.

Not recommended for places with hot humid summers and frequent night temperatures over 70F, as in USDA zones 8 and higher in the East.

This is also called Euphorbia amygdaloides var. rubra, E. amygdaloides f. rubra, E. amygdaloides 'Purpurea', E. amygdaloides var. purpurea, E. amygdaloides f. purpurea.

Positive Leghorn On Apr 17, 2007, Leghorn from Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

Wood Spurge does well in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it gets hot in summer and down to about 0 in winter. It likes SUN. It spreads out and gets pretty big in short time. The small plants I planted a year ago are now about 18 inches by 18 inches. Seems quite hardy and easy to grow in a sunny spot. It doesn't seem to be invasive however. I love the colors. Very unusual! Red-purple leaves and green-yellow flowers! The leaves hold their color all winter, providing great "winter interest."

Positive saya On Mar 19, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Has dark burgundy foliage and flowers during spring with yellow flowers. Provides winterinterest because plant stays winter"green".


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

, (2 reports)
Magalia, California
North Fork, California
Richmond, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California (2 reports)
Winnetka, Illinois
Cockeysville, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Sparks, Nevada
Riverhead, New York
Portland, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah (2 reports)
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Kirkland, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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