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First Blush Spurge

Euphorbia polychroma 'First Blush'

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First Blush Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma 'First Blush') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

First Blush Spurge foliage

First Blush Spurge foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

First Blush Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma 'First Blush') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

First Blush Spurge

First Blush Spurge

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Cushion Spurge

Description:

A compact mounded selection that features stunning green and white variegated foliage with rosy overtones; yellow-chartreuse flowers make an appearance in the spring weather; foliage develops more red tones in the cooler fall weather

Ornamental Features

First Blush Spurge has masses of beautiful cymes of yellow flowers with chartreuse bracts at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge rose in spring, turning green in color with showy white variegation and tinges of pink. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous brick red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

First Blush Spurge is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

First Blush Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

First Blush Spurge will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

First Blush Spurge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

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