Euphorbia Amygdaloides Purpurea (Wood Spurge) ground cover is a compact, perennial, shade-loving Euphorbia, bearing acid-yellow blooms in contrast with purple, strappy foliage, it has a slightly exotic, architectural appearance. Striking and slightly unusual, the narrow, lance shaped leaves have an almost cacti-like appearance. The stems are at their best from early Summer onwards, when topped with clusters of tiny flowers and striking, showy bracts that can be left until Winter (though you could deadhead these for neatness).
Ideally plant Euphorbia Amygdaloides Purpurea ground cover in the middle or front of mixed style borders but is also suitable for using as groundcover in gardens with poor, dry soil, especially in partial shade. This variety spreads by underground runners, forming a low weed-smothering carpet. Try partnering with Heuchera and hardy Geraniums or with Box hedging plants or Japanese Holly for a more structural display. They provide pollen for pollinators, and they attract ladybirds and other beneficial insects.
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Euphorbia Amygdaloides Purpurea (Wood Spurge) are easy to grow in well-drained soil, ideally in partial or dappled shade, it will happily thrive in most soils so long as they are well-drained. Once established they are fully hardy and can tolerate periods of drought, in fact they prefer less fertile soil so we advise not to feed them. Be very careful and always wear gloves when pruning or handling Euphorbia as their stems release a milky sap that is highly toxic when ingested and can cause significant skin irritation (on the plus side, this makes them deer resistant!).
How to grow Euphorbia Amygdaloides Purpurea
Position: Dappled shade, Partial shade
Foliage: Evergreen, semi-evergreen
Soil and site: Well-drained – almost any soil except overly fertile
Flowering time: Early Summer to Autumn
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height to 30cm, spread to 60cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy once established
Aftercare: Trim back any damaged stems in early spring to keep the plant tidy and heathy – Clip carefully, new shoots will likely be emerging that you want to keep intact!