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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Euphor­bia (spurge).

The zingy acid yel­low bracts of eu­phor­bias con­trast bril­liantly with other plants to en­sure an eye-catch­ing dis­play from spring on­wards.

The bracts also come in warm shades of red, pur­ple, or­ange and brown.

Most herba­ceous eu­phor­bias like well-drained, light soils in full sun, or moist, mi­cro-or­gan­ism-rich soils in light, dap­pled shade.

It’s an in­cred­i­bly var­ied group which in­cludes an­nu­als, bi­en­ni­als and semiev­er­green peren­ni­als, so there’s plenty of choice.

Good va­ri­eties in­clude the peren­nial E. poly­chrome, a sun-lov­ing yel­low type which flow­ers from mid-spring, and E. grif­fithii ‘fire­glow’, which is ideal for moist, light shade.

Wear gloves when han­dling the plants be­cause all eu­phor­bias ex­ude a milky sap which ir­ri­tates the skin.

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