The Q&A Archives: Euphorbia amygdaloides hybrid 'Efanthia'

Question: This is a FABULOUS plant........that, apparently, NO one knows anything about. Not even the nursery I bought it from. It is a

Answer: This new spurge from Germany's InnovaPlant is a cross of E. amygdaloides and E. x martinii. While appearing like an E. characias in form, the blue-green leaves take on a stunning purple color when the weather is cool. In late spring, the clumps are topped with large, bright yellow flower clusters. As with most euphorbias, good drainage is essential. You can pinch out the faded flowers if you wish, but it isn't necesary - they will fall off on their own and your plant will then begin growing additional leaves. Efanthia is a compact plant and won't need extensive pruning, but because it becomes woody with age, you may eventually want to pinch the tops of the stems out to force growth lower down. Do this in late winter or early spring, just as new growth appears. (Euphorbias exude a milky sap which can be irritating to skin so be sure to wear gloves.) Hope I've answered all your questions!

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