Is Euphorbia the same as spurge?

Is Euphorbia the same as spurge?

As the evergreen Euphorbias begin to fade, Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’ burst into color with it’s vibrant foliage and golden blooms. Spurges come in a variety of sizes ranging from the 4-5′ E. It is important to note, Euphorbias ooze a white sap when cut or broken. This sap is toxic to the skin and eyes.

Is spurge annual or perennial?


genus name Euphorbia
plant type Annual Perennial
height 1 to 3 feet
width 1 to 3 feet wide
flower color Green Red Orange White Pink Yellow

How do you take care of a spurge plant?

As a general rule, Spurge requires well-drained soil in full sun. A few tolerate shadier conditions, but none of the family is fussy about soil condition. They even thrive in very poor soils and can tolerate periods of drought.

Why is the leafy spurge bad?

It reduces biodiversity and threatens sensitive species. Leafy spurge produces a milky sap that can cause severe diarrhea in cattle and horses, so they avoid areas where it grows. The sap can also cause blistering and irritation on skin, particularly when the plants have been recently mowed.

Is leafy spurge poisonous to dogs?

Leafy spurge contains the alkaloid euphorbon, which is toxic to humans and animals and is a known co-carcinogen. The plant’s white, latex sap seriously irritates the skin of people and animals and can cause human blindness upon eye contact.

What should I plant next to Euphorbia?

Kelly often combines Euphorbias with companion plants such as succulents, Bulbine, Leucadendron and other low-water-need plants. This makes irrigation and other landscape maintenance much more efficient and responsible. Euphorbia is also a great container plant.

What does spurge look like?

Spurge can be identified by the reddish green oval leaves. Depending on the variety, they have either a reddish or white stalk that exudes a milky sap when broken. Spurge grows outward in the shape of a wagon wheel along the ground.

What is flowering spurge?

Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata L.) Flowering Spurge is a member of the Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) family. Like most members of the family, it has a milky sap (latex). The sap of many spurge family plants is caustic or a skin and eye irritant. The sap of flowering spurge is an irritant for many people although it has traditional medicinal uses.

What is myrtle spurge?

Euphorbia myrsinites , the myrtle spurge, blue spurge, or broad-leaved glaucous-spurge, is a succulent species of the spurge ( family Euphorbiaceae ). Sep 20 2019