OK
In progress indicator

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' (Sweet spurge 'Chameleon')

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

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'

Other names

Sweet spurge 'Chameleon'

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Variety or Cultivar

'Chameleon' _ 'Chameleon' is a mound-forming, herbaceous perennial with erect stems bearing oblong to lance-shaped, maroon to dark purple leaves and small clusters of tiny flowers surrounded by prominent, purple-flushed, yellow-green bracts in late spring and early summer.


Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' is: Deciduous

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming, Erect

Toxicity

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

Flower

Flushed purple, Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green, Flushed purple in Summer

Foliage

Maroon, Dark-purple in Spring; Maroon, Dark-purple in Summer; Maroon, Dark-purple in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Deer Deer

Rust Rust

General care

Pruning

Cut back hard after flowering.

Propagation

Tends to self-seed freely and true to type. Divide in autumn or spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Basal cuttings, Seed


Sign up for your FREE ACCOUNT today or login to receive detailed monthly care instructions

Where to grow

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' (Sweet spurge 'Chameleon') will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Underplanting, Low Maintenance, Ground Cover, Flower Arranging, City, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in light, dappled shade. Will tolerate sun and drier conditions.

Soil type

Loamy, Clay

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'

Other names

Sweet spurge 'Chameleon'

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Variety or Cultivar

'Chameleon' _ 'Chameleon' is a mound-forming, herbaceous perennial with erect stems bearing oblong to lance-shaped, maroon to dark purple leaves and small clusters of tiny flowers surrounded by prominent, purple-flushed, yellow-green bracts in late spring and early summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming, Erect

Toxicity

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


Colour

Flower

Flushed purple, Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green, Flushed purple in Summer

Foliage

Maroon, Dark-purple in Spring; Maroon, Dark-purple in Summer; Maroon, Dark-purple in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Deer

Specific diseases

Rust

General care

Pruning

Cut back hard after flowering.

Propagation

Tends to self-seed freely and true to type. Divide in autumn or spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Basal cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' (Sweet spurge 'Chameleon') will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Underplanting, Low Maintenance, Ground Cover, Flower Arranging, City, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in light, dappled shade. Will tolerate sun and drier conditions.

Soil type

Loamy, Clay

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

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

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' (Sweet spurge 'Chameleon')

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 dulcis 'Chameleon' (Sweet spurge 'Chameleon')

Common pest name

cotton mealybug

Scientific pest name

Phenacoccus solenopsis

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

Watching brief for potential impact on tomato production in the Mediterranean. Other southern European countries likely to be more at risk. Precautionary action will be taken on findings on planting material to protect glasshouse crops and botanical gardens.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon' (Sweet spurge 'Chameleon')

Common pest name

Banded-winged whitefly

Scientific pest name

Trialeurodes abutiloneus

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

Polyphagous whitefly native to the Americas with the potential to introduce harmful viruses to the UK. EU regulation should be considered and further assessed by EPPO.

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/

In order to add a note on this plant, please add this plant to your plant lists.

In progress indicator
Full size image
In progress indicator
Caption

Caption

Cancel and close this form
In progress indicator
This plant likes... Garden match
Soil types: Loamy, Clay Tell us...
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained Tell us...
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral Tell us...
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun Tell us...
Aspect: North, South, East, West Tell us...
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered Tell us...
Hardiness: Hardy (H4) Tell us...

GARDENS WITH THIS PLANT

Main garden
Main garden
Peter

Report content or feedback to Shoot

To add ? to your lists,
login to your account or subscribe.

Find out more about plant lists here

or Login


To check if this plant is suitable for your garden first login to your account or subscribe.

or Login

In progress indicator
Note

Note

You are adding a note to: ?

Cancel