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Euphorbia rigida is often confused with:
Euphorbia myrsinites Euphorbia myrsinites

Euphorbia rigida

Previously known as:

  • Euphorbia myrsinites subsp. myrsinites
Phonetic Spelling
yoo-FOR-bee-uh RIG-ih-duh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Rigid Spurge is an evergreen perennial in the spurge family that is native to southern Europe. The succulent type blue-green leaves spiral around the stems and acquire reddish-bronze tones in fall. The flowers are small and greenish and are surrounded by chartreuse bracts in clusters at the stem ends. The stems exude a milky sap that can be irritating so wear gloves when handling. This plant will freely self-seed.

Rigid Spurge grows in poor, sandy and rocky well-drained soils in full sun to some shade. Use in a rock garden, Xeriscape landscaping or containers.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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'Shorty'
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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Shorty'
'Shorty'
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euphorbia
    Species:
    rigida
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Europe
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Clumping
    Erect
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Lobed oval green capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    Small green flowers surrounded by chartreuse-yellow bracts terminal stems in April-June.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    1-1.5 inch long blue-green succulent type lance-shaped and acuminate leaves spiral around the thick stem. Fall color is red to bronze tones.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Milky sap causes skin irritation
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Sap/Juice