Euphorbia myrsinites

Myrtle Spurge, Broad-leaved Glaucous Spurge

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Euphorbia myrsinites is a  delightful evergreen perennial, with trailing stems clad in neatly arranged silver-grey leaves and crowned with acid yellow flat inflorescences in early summer.

Thriving in full sun and well drained soils, it is especially attractive flowing over the side of a container or raised bed.

Origin: Southeastern Europe
Genus: Euphorbia
Species / Cultivar: myrsinites
Common Name: Myrtle Spurge, Broad-leaved Glaucous Spurge

Plant Biography

Euphorbia myrsinites originates in Southeatern Europe, from South of Italy to Turkey and Crimea.

It is a prostrate-growing evergreen resembling Monkey Puzzle stems sprayed with grey undercoat paint. Typical ‘spurge’ flowers are produced at the stem tips in the spring of their second season.

Euphorbia myrsinites
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
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.10 - 0.12m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1 - 0.5m
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.

Plant factoid

In Colorado and Utah, the Myrtle Spurge is considered an invasive species due to its fast spreading habit, and landowners are required by law to contain, control, and eradicate the plants found on their property. Luckily, in the UK its use in Mediterranean gardens is
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

The Myrtle Spurge is one of the most useful plants to grow in the rock garden or Mediterranean garden, with a texture, colour and form that associates with a vast array of companion plants. Supremely drought tolerant.

Like all spurges, all parts are poisonous and the milky sap can be irritant.

1 customer review for Euphorbia myrsinites

Really healthy plants, well packaged and arrived as promised. Excellent!

SALLY H.