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Products > Euphorbia Miner's Merlot ['KM-MM024'] PP32,321
Euphorbia Miner's Merlot ['KM-MM024'] PP32,321 - Miner's Merlot Wood Spurge
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Flower Color: Chartreuse
Bloomtime: Winter/Summer
Parentage: (E. amygdaloides 'Purpurea' x E. Blackbird?)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Euphorbia Miner's Merlot ['KM-MM024'] PP32,321 (Miner's Merlot Wood Spurge) - A vigorous evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with a mounding rounded habit to 2 feet tall by about an equal width. It has strong upright stems that emerge from the plant base and hold narrow 3 to 4 inch long linear-oblanceolate leaves in whorls that first emerge a dark wine red color. Older leaves turn dark green with age but the red coloration is retained on the back side of the upturned leaves through spring and summer, so the overall color of the plant remains very dark red in appearance and all foliage deepens in color to a near black dark burgundy color at the onset of colder temperatures in fall. The long lasting inflorescences first appear in late winter in our climate, rising above the foliage in branched cymes with the small flowers held in umbels subtended by showy chartreuse to yellow bracts that are striking against the dark burgundy colored foliage well into the summer months. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and give regular to occasional irrigation. Reportedly tolerates reflected heat and is hardy in U.S.D.A. Zones 6 to 11. It is moderately drought tolerant and deer seem to avoid it, likely because broken stems exude the typical Euphorbia latex that can be toxic and irritating to the skin - best to use gloves when trimming any such plant. Euphorbia Miner's Merlot is an attractive and useful plant in a container, perennial bed, border or within a meadow planting and the flowering stems are useful in arrangements. This plant was discovered growing as a spontaneous chance seedling in a garden in Plumas Lake, California in 2015 by Keith and Jen Miner. Though parentage is not known for sure there were plants of Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' and