An interesting low growing succulent, Euphorbia myrsinites forms long trailing stems with spirals of grey / blue leaves.
This is a useful plant for growing in rock gardens or containers where the foliage is an attraction year round.
The masses pf yellow flowers that appear in sprig attract bees and butterflies to the garden
This is an easy plant in a humus rich soil and full sun to afternoon shade. It does require some protection from very hot sun in dry areas over summer.
Plant in a free draining soil.
Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
Use a general purpose fertiliser once a year in spring.
Prune as needed to maintain a bushy growth habit.
Propagation is easy from cuttings as well as from seed.
As with other Euphorbias, care must be taken when handling this plant. The sap contains a latex and this can cause serious rash problems and skin irritation. When handled carefully it does make a very attractive plant for containers.
Always wear gloves, eye protection and skin protection when handling.
This is also a plant that can self seed readily in the right conditions, so consider planting position. In some areas it is regarded as an invasive noxious weed.
- Botanical Name – Euphorbia myrsinites
- Common Names – Donkey Tail Spurge, Creeping Spurge or Blue Spurge.
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich with some moisture through summer in dry areas.
- Height – To around 20 cm (8 inches)
- Spread – To 60 cms (24 inches)
- Growth Rate – Fast.
- Foliage – Grey/Blue growing in spiral patterns along trailing stems.
- Flowers – A green to Yellow fading as they age.
- Flowering Time – Spring to summer.
- Frost tolerant – Medium
- Drought tolerant – Medium once established