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Euphorbia x martini

Previously known as:

  • Euphorbia x cornubiensis
  • Euphorbia x malahidensis
Phonetic Spelling
yoo-FOR-bee-uh mar-TIN-ee
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Martins' spurge is a hybrid subshrub native to France and discovered in the late 1800s. It comes from crossing the Mediterranean spurge and Wood Spurge.  Grow in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil.  It tolerates rocky, dry soil and drought conditions once established.  Pinch or prune back to 6" in height in the mid-spring right after the plant flowers to promote a bushy habit.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems.  Always wear gloves when working with this plant to avoid the toxic milky sap.  

Quick ID Hints:

  • Chartreuse bracts subtend apetalous yellow flowers
  • Bushy perennial herb to 3' with variable leaves
  • Milky white latex sap

 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Pollinator and Culinary Garden Asian Garden- Zen Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Ascot Rainbow' PP21401
    Variegated leaves green, yellow - reds and oranges in fall.
  • 'Inneuphhel' HELENA'S BUSH
    Compact and bushy, resists powdery mildew
  • 'Waleutiny' TINY TIM
    Smaller plant 12" tall smaller leaves
'Ascot Rainbow' PP21401, 'Inneuphhel' HELENA'S BUSH, 'Waleutiny' TINY TIM
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#container plant#colorful leaves#low maintenance#edging#bracts#group#groundcover#rock gardens#borders#beds#fantz#small group plantings#sandy soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Ascot Rainbow' PP21401
    Variegated leaves green, yellow - reds and oranges in fall.
  • 'Inneuphhel' HELENA'S BUSH
    Compact and bushy, resists powdery mildew
  • 'Waleutiny' TINY TIM
    Smaller plant 12" tall smaller leaves
'Ascot Rainbow' PP21401, 'Inneuphhel' HELENA'S BUSH, 'Waleutiny' TINY TIM
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#perennial#container plant#colorful leaves#low maintenance#edging#bracts#group#groundcover#rock gardens#borders#beds#fantz#small group plantings#sandy soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euphorbia
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    France
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10a, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Insignificant
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Insignificant
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Actual flowers are insignificant tiny with no petals. It has bracts that form flower-like cups with red centers which appear in the spring April-May.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Obovate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow leaves with various colors depending on the cultivar. Arranged spirally, shape varies linear-lanceolate to spatulate or obovate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Rabbits
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Milky sap causes eye irritation, temporary blindness, skin burning/rashes. Do not ingest this plant.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Diterpene esters in milky latex
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Sap/Juice