Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Robbiae’

Wood Spurge, Mrs Robb's Bonnet


Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Robbiae’ is an evergreen herbaceous perennial with whorls of shiny, dark green leaves carried on upright stems and from which, in spring, are held upright heads of yellow-green flowers that contrast brightly with the dark foliage.

Many perennials are great for either spring or fall colour, but few offer interest throughout the colder months like Mrs Robb’s Bonnet.


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Origin: Turkey and Caucasus area
Genus: Euphorbia
Species / Cultivar: amygdaloides var. robbiae
Common Name: Wood Spurge, Mrs Robb's Bonnet
Synonym: Euphorbia robbiae

Plant Biography

Originating in the woodlands of Eastern Europe, Turkey and Caucasus mountains, the Euphorbia amygdaloides is one of the very few members of the Euphorbia family that thrive in the dry shade of trees forming dense mats as groundcover.

Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Robbiae'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.0 - 1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

Spreading easily to form excellent ground cover even in dry shade, this is also a native plant that is excellent for pollinators.

It spreads robustly via underground runners and can soon form weed smothering colonies – even in dry, rooty soil in the shade of trees – a purpose for which it is invaluable.

Can be easily kept in check for smaller spaces. Like all spurges, all parts are poisonous and the milky sap can be irritant.

Expert Tip

The Euphorbia amygdaloides spreads rapidly via underground rhizomes and may become invasive if not kept under control. Make sure to remove the roots that are spreading outside the area where you plan to keep this plant to prevent it from taking over beds or borders.