Is Euphorbia a mistake?

northspruce(z3a MB CDA)August 13, 2014

I got asked to weed a public garden for the hort society (groan) but luckily it was full of self-seeded perennials and I was told to get rid of anything not in a clump. Score! I took a couple of delphiniums and something else (seriously can't remember) and what I was told was a euphorbia. I think it's E. mellifera. Is it really seedy? Am I going to regret it?

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I would not grow Cypress Spurge, but other Euphorbias should be alright. I haven't heard about any others that go crazy in our colder zones. I rarely see E. polychroma around here although it looks like it would be a nice plant if it was reliably hardy. I think I tried to grow it 20 years ago but it didn't take.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:46AM
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There are certainly spurges that are very seedy/weedy. Not sure of the variety you mentioned but googled it and it was rated as zone 8. I grow polychromia which is a lovely plant; I need to move it this fall as it's been completely shaded out by shrubbery. I would do some further investigation before planting in your garden!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 11:15AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

North, I would say plant it. Don't look at it as potentially seedy/weedy rather an opportunity to do mass shovel pruning. Ostrich will be begging for seeds!


    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 12:07PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

LOL SCG! You are a funny guy! HA!

I have a Euphorbia (First Blush) and it has not been weedy or seedy at all. In fact, one might wish that it would be a bit more weedy! ROTFLOL! it's such a beautiful thing during spring, I love it.

Now, I have not tried other Euphorbias in this climate but there are so many different varieties that I will not be surprised if they all behave rather differently...

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:36PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I don't know what this is. I took a photo of it but my PC won't go on the Internet suddenly and I have no way to post it from my phone. It's medium green, fairly tall, the leaves are approximately shaped like Popsicle sticks and arranged in whorls around the stem. I was told it turns red in fall. It doesn't look like cypress spurge or polychromata but it's hard to tell because I don't have a whole clump.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:34PM
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Check out E. polychroma 'Bonfire'...sounds a bit like you've described.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 11:53PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Okay, here it is! When I google a particular variety it gives me so many different pictures I don't know which to trust. This is mine.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:05AM
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Looks like E. polychroma, perhaps 'Major''ll have to make a note of its colour in the Fall and what the blooms look like next year.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:19PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Cool, thanks. I'll see what it does.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:26PM
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