How to grow Euphorbia 'Black Bird'

Euphorbia 'Black Bird'


Euphorbia 'Black Bird'. Photo - PMA

Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’

Description: this euphorbia has brilliant burgundy foliage and is extremely tolerant of hot, dry conditions. It’s versatile and looks great in a mixed border, potted garden, or mass planting. It flowers prolifically, with lime green flowers lasting from mid-winter into spring.

Size: it has a very compact habit, reaching a tidy 40cm high x 50cm wide.

Cultivation: grow ‘Blackbird’ in full sun in the garden or in a container. It is not fussy about soil, but prefers good drainage. Feed in spring with a slow-release fertiliser and prune by cutting spent flowerheads back to the base.

Special comments: many species of euphorbia seed prolifically and can become a nuisance. ‘Blackbird’ and its cousins ‘Ascot Rainbow’ and ‘Silver Swan’ are sterile, so will not spread. Wear gloves when pruning to avoid skin contact with the irritant white sap.

 

Text: Libby Cameron

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Author: Libby Cameron

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