Euphorbia purpurea 2ltr
Euphorbia are small flowering plants that can be found across the world and often known as ‘spurges’ This diverse genus is highly adaptive and can be found from Africa, where they look more like cacti, to Europe, where they take in the form if bush shrubs They are distinct from other plant varieties by their milky, latex like sap that can be toxic in certain species These hardy plants will be great anywhere in your home and can tolerate most environments. Sometimes called the ‘coral cactus’, this easy to look after plant will be a unique addition to the garden. Producing spikes of sword like foliage, this perennial is a real showstopper in the garden.
How to look after euphorbia
Plant in well-draining chalk or sandy soil in an area with bright, light. The leaves on this Euphorbia will burn if exposed to direct light. Water to keep the soil damp, but not wet, and this great little plant will be a long-term fixture in your home. These fast-growing plants are herbaceous perennials that will grow in most conditions They like moist, well-draining soil and should be positioned where it can receive bright, but indirect sunlight Flowering Euphorbia’s should be deadheaded as soon as the flower begins to wilt in order to encourage new growth, and tall varieties may need some support from a stake
What is a perennial plant?
Unlike annuals, which only live for one season, perennial plants are a long-term solution to colour in your garden that will come back year after year. Typically, a perennial will only bloom for one season of the year, however there are long-blooming perennials. If grown in the right conditions and treated well a perennial can live between three and five years. For a garden that has colour all round you should plant a mix of annuals and perennials that bloom in different seasons.
Are Euphorbia’s poisonous?
The milky sap of the Euphorbia is toxic and will cause skin irritation if mishandled You should wear gloves whenever handling these plants, and always keep them away from areas where they may come in contact with unsupervised children or pets Do not ingest the sap and wash your hands immediately if you do come into contact with the sap However most species of Euphorbia that you buy for use in the home are a lot less toxic than their wild counterparts
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