• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Euphorbia polychroma 'Major'

Greater many-coloured spurge

Greater many-coloured spurge

© � RHS 1982

  • Other common names Greater many-coloured spurge

  • Synonyms Euphorbia pilosa 'Major'

  • Genus Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts

  • Family Euphorbiaceae / Euphorbiaceae

  • Species 'Major' is a compact herbaceous perennial to 50cm, forming a clump of stems with dark green oval leaves and terminal clusters of bright yellow flowerheads 6-8cm across

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity All parts are highly toxic by ingestion

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation An easy-to-grow plant that will grow in any reasonable garden soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division in early spring or take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back flowering shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn

Pests Aphids may be a problem

Diseases May be subject to grey moulds

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