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Euphorbia myrsinites - Myrtle Spurge

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Origin: Europe, Southeastern (Europe)
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Euphorbia myrsinites (Myrtle Spurge) - An attractive low growing succulent evergreen perennial that grows to 6 inches tall with stout trailing 1 foot long stems that have clasping spirally-arranged nearly triangular blue-gray leaves. The stems, radiating from the center of the plant, rise up at the tips from which the terminally borne flowers emerge in late winter to early spring. The flowers and their subtending bracts are initially greenish-yellow but deepen to a red hue by summer. Plant in full sun. This hardy plant is tolerant of very cold winter temperatures (to as low as -20 F), summer heat and little irrigation but requires well-draining soils. Trim out old stems as they yellow and though short lived in warm winter climates, it will often reseed. This has not been a problem in our mediterranean climate but this plant is listed as a noxious weed in many parts of the world and is so listed by the states of Washington, Oregon and Colorado. Be very cautious when trimming or handling this plant - as with many in this family the sap is toxic and has been reported to be an irritant to the skin and eyes but it also prevents browsing from rabbits, deer and gophers. It is an attractive rock garden setting, as a container plant or a small scale groundcover and looks great trailing over a wall. Myrtle Spurge is native from southeastern Europe east to central Asia and the specific epithet is in reference to Myrsine or 'mursinh', the Greek name for the Myrtle because the shape of the leaves of this plant somewhat resemble. Other common names include Creeping Spurge and Donkey Tail.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Euphorbia myrsinites.