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Euphorbia polychroma

(Cushion Spurge)

Rating: 🌻🌻🌻

Light: ☀️

Deer resistant: yes 🦌☠️

Moisture: well-drained soil

Bloom: Bright yellow bracts form on the ends of each stem in May

Size: 12” H x 18” W

Hardiness zone: 4

Euphorbia polychroma forms a compact, spherical mound stems with rosettes of green leaves which sport bright yellow bracts at the ends of each stem in late spring. It will tolerate drier soil. In part shade, plants may flop open a bit in late summer. Euphorbia will also self-seed but not excessively. (Plants to give away or transplant!). The cultivar ‘Bonfire’ has reddish-purple leaves with bright yellow-green bracts in late spring. While this cultivar is spectacular, it may not be as winter-hardy as the species Euphorbia, as we have lost several ‘Bonfire’ plants over the winter. Deer don’t bother this plant. Stems exude a toxic, strongly irritating sticky white sap if broken, so precautions should be taken when handling this plant.