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Euphorbia myrsinites
@ US Botanical Garden, DC

Euphorbia myrsinites

Blue Spurge

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Item #: 4041

Zones: 5a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 6" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Southern Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Every spring during open house, visitors are fascinated by this bizarre evergreen perennial. Looking more like a sedum on Prozac than a member of the poinsettia family, Euphorbia myrsinites will certainly make visitors take notice. The snake-like flat stalks of succulent blue foliage curl outwards to 18" from the central rootstock. In March, the tips of the blue foliage are highlighted with terminal clusters of small yellow flowers. Native to sandy and gravelly mountain slopes, Euphorbia myrsinites is perfect in rock walls or meandering near the front of an open perennial border...good winter drainage in colder areas is essential.