Cool Season Euphorbias

Euphorbia martinii, E. characias subsp. wulfenii, E. amygdaloides

Relatives of the crown of thorns and poinsettia, these tough perennials provide mounds of color in the landscape from fall to spring in all parts of Texas. They are not fond of summer heat, especially in humid areas. These cold and drought tolerant plants are reported to be deer–resistant, and they make great additions to containers and rock gardens. In the western parts of Texas, these tough perennials provide durable color throughout the year. For a tight mounding plant of bluish green foliage, select “Tiny Tim.” If you wish to have more of a red or dark maroon color, try “Blackbird.” “Rudolph” has dark green foliage with red accents. “Tasmanian Tiger” or “Glacier Blue” is notable for excellent cream and green variegated foliage. All are recommended.

Hardiness: Zones 6-8

Exposure: Full sun

Size: Height — 1 to 2 feet

Bloom time: Spring; leaves color up in the fall and provide good winter color

Notes: Very pest and disease resistant

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