Euphorbia 'Blackbird' won the 2004 Plantarium Gold Medal (Boskoop, Netherlands) and is related to Euphorbia 'Redwing Charam' from whom it inherited its compact, rounded habit.
The young foliage starts off a deep maroon (*) and then turns a bronze-green in the summer. Its flowers, typical of the Euphorbia genus, appear in mid-spring, from March to May. The inflorescences are an acid yellow, which soften with age into hues of red and orange.
It is an admirable bed fellow to spring-flowering varieties: bulbs, Primula, Pulmonaria, Helleborus or Bergenia.
Its coloured foliage and rounded habit can be useful to
- contrast with the silvery foliage of artemisia, the lanceolate leaves of the irises or Astelia,
- or to combine with purple Heuchera or the rounded Santolina.
Euphorbia 'Blackbird' is also stunning in a pot.
Grow in the sun or slight shade (in hot climates, sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon) in ordinary, light, well-drained soil.
Maintenance: prune the dried inflorescences before the appearance of the new shoots in spring.
Synonym: Euphorbia 'Nothowlee'
(*) sunny exposure will highlight its colouring and bring out the glorious contrast with the acid yellow umbels.
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: green yellow
- Flowering period: spring flowers
® Unlicensed propagation prohibited.
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