Euphorbia Amygdaloides Robbiae

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Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae is one of the few plants that thrives in poor dry soil in shade, making it the perfect choice for growing under big trees. It spreads by underground runners, eventually forming a low weed smothering carpet. It bears upright spikes of lime green flowers from spring to early summer, in contrast with dark glossy foliage. It makes a good year-round evergreen foil for other shade loving plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae in well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Cut back faded flower stems in autumn. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance. 

Always wear gloves when working with euphorbias. The milky sap is a skin irritant

How to grow Euphorbia amygdaloides

  • Plant size – 50cm height 1.5m spread

  • Aspect – North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border – Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade, full shade

  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Euphorbia amygdaloides and wildlife

Euphorbia amygdaloides is known for attracting beneficial insects and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Is Euphorbia amygdaloides poisonous?

Euphorbia amygdaloides can be toxic.