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Euphorbia corallioides (Coral spurge)

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skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia corallioides

Other names

Coral spurge, Eggleaf spurge, Oblong spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. corallioides - E. corallioides is a clump-forming, deciduous biennial or short-lived perennial with branched stems bearing lance-shaped to oblong, mid- to grey-green leaves, often flushed pink beneath, and, from late spring into autumn, clusters of tiny, yellow-green flowers surrounded by prominent, bright yellow bracts.


Euphorbia corallioides is: Deciduous

Habit

Upright, Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes.

Flower

Yellow-green, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Grey mould Grey mould

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.

Propagation

Self-seeds readily in ideal growing conditions.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Euphorbia corallioides (Coral spurge) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Gravel, Flower Arranging, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, sharply-drained soil in full sun. Does not easily tolerate other growing conditions. Usually loses most stem leaves toward the end of its life. Suitable for use in hot, dry gardens.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Euphorbia corallioides

Other names

Coral spurge, Eggleaf spurge, Oblong spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. corallioides - E. corallioides is a clump-forming, deciduous biennial or short-lived perennial with branched stems bearing lance-shaped to oblong, mid- to grey-green leaves, often flushed pink beneath, and, from late spring into autumn, clusters of tiny, yellow-green flowers surrounded by prominent, bright yellow bracts.

Native to

Italy

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Upright, Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes.


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green, Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Grey mould

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.

Propagation

Self-seeds readily in ideal growing conditions.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia corallioides (Coral spurge) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Gravel, Flower Arranging, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, sharply-drained soil in full sun. Does not easily tolerate other growing conditions. Usually loses most stem leaves toward the end of its life. Suitable for use in hot, dry gardens.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Euphorbia corallioides (Coral spurge)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Euphorbia corallioides (Coral spurge)

Common pest name

Powdery mildew: cotton; Powdery mildew: eggplant; Powdery mildew: pepper; Powdery mildew: tomato

Scientific pest name

Leveillula taurica

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Believed to be present and no statutory action is being taken. Status needs to be confirmed by survey.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Euphorbia corallioides (Coral spurge)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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