Plant of the Month: Euphor­bia x pas­teurii

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With their whorls of ev­er­green leaves, spurges are stun­ning ar­chi­tec­tural plants thriv­ing in shel­ter ei­ther by the house or in the dap­pled shade un­der a tree. Big­gest of them all is Euphor­bia x pas­teurii, a hy­brid of the widely grown Honey Spurge

E. mel­lif­era. It has larger leaves and a stur­dier con­sti­tu­tion grow­ing into a shoul­der-high dome of glossy fo­liage. Like its par­ent the lime-yel­low flow­ers put the zing into spring and have a sweet honey scent. Prune after flow­er­ing, cut­ting the old­est fifth of stems to the ground. As with all spurges wear long sleeves and gloves to keep the ir­ri­tant sap off of your skin.

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