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Wood Spurge

I am slowly but surely documenting all the plants, flowers etc I am growing in my garden. From the newly planted bulbs and seedlings to the established plants that we inherited on buying the house.

As it turns out it has been particularly useful working out which plants to keep and which to get rid off and how to care for them. You see I had no idea that Euphorbia 'Wood Spurge' is highly toxic, well to be fair I didn't even know that is what they were called!

So today I am sharing Euphorbia 'Wood Spurge' which I intend to keep in my garden as it is a compact, shade-loving, spreading euphorbia that has long-lasting, lime-green flowers in late spring above rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves and thrives is poor dry soil. Apparently it's a valuable plant for difficult areas of dry shade, particularly under trees and as it is evergreen and spreads by underground runners it also makes a attractive low weed-smothering ground cover. Currently it is only in one area of the garden but I have started dividing it up and planting it in shady areas where I have dug out all the weeds.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

What you need to know...
In autumn cut back the faded flower stems, avoiding new ones.

Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance

When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant.

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Euphorbia 'Wood Spurge'
Euphorbia 'Wood Spurge'
Euphorbia 'Wood Spurge'
Euphorbia 'Wood Spurge'
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