• 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 amygdaloides 'Purpurea'

Wood spurge 'Purpurea'

Wood spurge 'Purpurea'

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  • Other common names Wood spurge 'Purpurea'

  • 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 'Purpurea' is a softly downy evergreen perennial to 75cm tall, with deep purple stems and leaves, and contrasting lime-green flowers opening at the ends of the leafy stems in spring and early summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts are highly toxic by ingestion

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

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

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation An easy-to-grow plant that will cope with most conditions even dry shade. It spreads by rhizomes

Propagation Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs 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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