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Euphoric about a euphorbia

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Courtesy of Craig Summers Black

(Read caption) The Jessie euphorbia arches up to about 3 feet and is hardy throughout Zone 5, maybe even colder.

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This time of year, everyone can grow euphorbias, even those of us on the Midwest’s frozen tundra.

Yes, that bright red poinsettia in your living room is a euphorbiaEuphorbia pulcherrima to be precise.

Colorful euphorbias for the garden

But several euphorbias (also known as spurges) are splendiferous landscape plants. I especially like Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd’s fiery orange selection. I can’t grow it, though.

Another stunner: the cheery, cherry Fireglow. I can’t grow it either -- or any of the many other intensely hued spurges.

Some that don't work in my garden

What euphorbias that will actually survive here in Iowa are either:

1) Thuggish, like the bluish groundcover E. cyparissias.

2) Undependable, like Chameleon, which disappears and then shows up unannounced in spots all over the garden.


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