This distinguished evergreen perennial forms a compact bush; new foliage is dark red, darkening to a deep purple with sun exposure (in shade, it turns dark green); flowers are chartreuse on red stems; deer and rabbit resistant; drought tolerant once established; white sap can be an irritant; toxic if eaten.
flowers are chartreuse on red stems
Enticing in borders, containers, rock gardens; striking addition to water-wise gardens
Euphorbia x martinii 'Blackbird'
18" (45 cm)
23" (60 cm)
20" (51 cm)
March - June
Moderate-Low. Drought tolerant once established
Prefers average, well-drained, but will tolerate poor soil as well
Plant Care Tips
There are many different kinds of euphorbia, from large, bush-like to small creeping versions. They have unusual foliage and flowers in many colour combinations. Euphotbia are wonderfully easy to care for. They are very disease resistant and are not nibbled on by most garden pests (including deer). Most of them are vigorous growers in even the poorest, fastest-draining soil. Some euphorbia can spread easily through seeds, while others easily grow when a branch is put into soil. You can easily control spread by cutting off the flowers before they set seeds. Remember that many euphorbia exude a sap that might be irritating to the skin, so wear gloves when working with them.