Euphorbia myrsinites (Myrtle spurge or broad-leaved glaucous spurge) is a low-growing, evergreen succulent shrub native to the Mediterranean region which quite literally crawls over the ground. It has a spreading, mat-forming habit and grows up to 20cm high and 50cm wide. The stems spiral, and if you look straight on to them it is almost as if you are looking into a whirlpool. The leaves are oval-shaped and have a waxy texture. The flowers are small and yellow-green in colour, and they appear in clusters at the tips of the stems. The plant is drought-tolerant and is fairly hardy within the UK, surviving , temperatures down to between -15 to -10C
Euphorbia myrsinites (Myrtle spurge or broad-leaved glaucous spurge) prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is an excellent choice for rock gardens, containers, and borders. It is also deer-resistant and can be used as a ground cover. Euphorbia myrsinites (Myrtle spurge or broad-leaved glaucous spurge) is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care. It is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a hardy, low-maintenance plant that will add texture and colour to their landscape.
I have previously used Euphorbia myrsinites (Myrtle spurge or broad-leaved glaucous spurge) to drapes over old brick or stone walls as they add texture and unusual element to them. Other potential uses include: gravel; rock and mediterranean gardens
- Height: Up to 20cm
- Spread: up to 50cm. Though will keep self propagating and spreading further
- Gravel garden
- Rock garden
- Full Sun
- Well drained
- Exposed or sheltered
- Can survive salt winds making it great for seaside gardens
- RHS Hardiness level 5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15C to -10C)
Poisonous to horses, pets and humans, though pets will rarely eat this. No reported toxicity to livestock and birds
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