Myrtle spurge

A very drought-tolerant spurge.
Common name : Myrtle spurge
Scientific name : Euphorbia myrsinites
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Minimal water
Minimal water
Rough 'n tough
Rough 'n tough
Flowery
Flowery
Small pots
Small pots
Euphorbia myrsinites - the myrtle spurge - is a succulent species of the spurge family Euphorbiaceae, native to southeastern Europe, cultivated as an ornamental plant and as a potted plant for its distinctive silver-gray foliage. It is an evergreen perennial with sprawling stems growing to 20–40 cm long, spirally arranged, fleshy, pale glaucous bluish-green, 1–2 cm long leaves and inconspicuous flowers in the spring.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 10 - 20
pH 7 - 8

Plant my myrtle spurge

Plant your Corsican spurge in the sun or possibly semi shade in neutral limestone soil, even stony, from February to April and from September to November. Euphorbia prefer a soil not too rich but very drained. They are resistant to drought. Prepare the soil with some light digging (to decompact without necessarily turning it over with a pitchfork or broadfork), hoeing, and raking. Plant leaving 20 cm between the plants. Tamp the soil down well so that the roots are not in contact with air, then water generously.

Water my myrtle spurge

The first month, water twice a week if it does not rain. In during droughts, water once or twice a week. Water when the soil is dry, until the water that you pour does not rush into the ground, and forms a small puddle. The plant will develop a better root system if it has to fetch its water in depth. Unless otherwise specified, do not wet the foliage: the plants "drink" only by their roots.

Weed my myrtle spurge

Avoid hoeing the soil too close to euphorbia strains because their roots are fragile. In the case of perennials, weeding also means arbitration in your massif; do not let the most vigorous develop at the expense of the slower ones.

Propagate my myrtle spurge

The multiplication of perennial euphorbia is done by dividing the tuft in March, or by cuttings from April to June.

Mulch my myrtle spurge

Mulching the perennial plants will save you from watering and weeding and will even fertilize the soil a bit as it decomposes. When choosing, know that dry wood chips are the most inert, but they will last for a longer time. Fresh wood chips and leaves enrich the soil but must be changed often. Grass cuttings are to be used mixed with something else in a layer that is at most 1 cm thick. Mulch with at least 5 cm of thickness to ensure it works and isn't simply a cosmetic effect.

Cut down my myrtle spurge

Be careful, it can be very irritating to the eyes. The regular pruning of euphorbia is not essential. However, you can fold down the stems in spring or fall, to limit the development of the plant. Trim right after the end of flowering to prevent seeds from sowing spontaneously. Simply cut the flower stalks about 5 cm off the ground.

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