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Euphorbia palustris (Marsh spurge)

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

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia palustris

Other names

Marsh spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. palustris - E. palustris is a clump-forming perennial with upright stems clothed with narrow mid-green leaves that may become orange-tinted in autumn. In late spring, it bears terminal clusters of greenish yellow flowers.


Euphorbia palustris is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming

Toxicity

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

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Yellow, Orange in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Euphorbia palustris (Marsh spurge) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Mediterranean, Waterside

Cultivation

Plant in permanently moist soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, 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 palustris

Other names

Marsh spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. palustris - E. palustris is a clump-forming perennial with upright stems clothed with narrow mid-green leaves that may become orange-tinted in autumn. In late spring, it bears terminal clusters of greenish yellow flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming

Toxicity

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

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer; Yellow, Orange in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia palustris (Marsh spurge) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Mediterranean, Waterside

Cultivation

Plant in permanently moist soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, 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

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