Euphorbia Amygaloides var. Robbiae (Wood Spurge) ground cover is compact, evergreen, sun-loving, spreading Euphorbia that has long-lasting, lime-green flowers in late Spring above rosettes of glossy, dark green leaves, 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 Amygaloides var. Robbiaein the middle or front of mixed style borders, ideally in full sun. Try partnering with Heuchera and Liriope or with Box 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 Amygaloides var. Robbiae (Wood Spurge) are easy to grow in full sun. 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 Amygaloides var. Robbiae
Foliage: Evergreen, semi-evergreen
Soil and site: Well-drained – almost any soil except overly fertile
Flowering time: Early Summer to Autumn
Growth rate: Fast
Ultimate height and spread: Height to 70cm, spread to 100cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy once established
Aftercare: Trim back any damaged stems in early spring to keep the plant tidy and heathy. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance.