Euphorbia X Martinii Ground Cover
Euphorbia x Martinii (Spurge)
Euphorbia x Martinii (Spurge) is a dwarf evergreen Euphorbia with upright, fleshy stems clothed in spring with handsome red-stained, mid-green leaves, followed by clusters of long-lasting, red-eyed, chartreuse-green flowers from March to July. it has a slightly exotic, architectural appearance and forms a naturally rounded shape. 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 x Martinii ground cover in the middle or front of mixed style borders in a sunny location where it will thrive in poor, dry soil once established. It would also be perfect for a small sunny border, gravel or coastal garden. Try partnering with Lavender, Astilbe and Liriope or with tufted grasses. They provide pollen for pollinators so you will keep the bees happy, and they attract ladybirds and other beneficial insects.
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Euphorbia x Martini (Spurge) are easy to grow in a sunny spot and 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 x Martinii
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 75cm, spread to 75cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy once established
Aftercare: Cut back flowering shoots to ground level in late Summer or Autumn, this will make way for lots of new, fresh shoots.