Euphorbia myrsinites

31 Mar

Euphorbia myrsinites Flower (11/03/22012, Kew, London)

Euphorbia myrsinites Flower (11/03/22012, Kew, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 10cm

Eventual Spread: 50cm

Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbia myrsinites is a mat forming, evergreen succulent perennial. Its  fleshy grey/ blue leaves are pointed, spirally arranged around the stems and are up to 2cm long. The prostrate fleshy stems of the plant are sprawling and up to 40cm long. The flowers, borne at the ends of the stems, are inconspicuous, surrounded by bright sulfur yellow, cup shaped bracts.

Euphorbia myrsinites, commonly known as Myrtle Spurge, Donkey Tail or Creeping Spurge, is native to southeastern Europe and northern Turkey. This plant considered an invasive weed in a number of locations through out the world, including parts of the USA. The milky sap may cause eye and skin irritation in some individuals.

The etymological root of the binomial name Euphorbia is derived from the name of Euphorbus physician to Juba, King of Mauritania. Myrsinities is derived from the Greek mursinh ‘Myrtle’ or ‘Myrtus communis‘, in reference to the plants Myrtle like leaves (in shape).

Euphorbia myrsinites (11/03/22012, Kew, London)

Euphorbia myrsinites (11/03/22012, Kew, London)

The landscape architect may find Euphorbia myrsinites useful as a low ground cover evergreen perennial, particularly in dry locations. This plant is drought tolerant once established and is suitable for xeriscaping.

Ecologically, Euphorbia myrsinites is attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Euphorbia myrsinites their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Euphorbia myrsinites prefers moist, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Euphorbia myrsinites requires little maintenance.

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  1. Perennials: Euphorbia Myrsinites « - 10/04/2012

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