Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' 


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Genus: Euphorbia

Common Name: Griffiths Spurge 'Fireglow'

Latin Name: Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'

Variety: 'Fireglow'

Family Name: Euphorbiaceae

Plant Description:

The distinctive feature of Euphorbia griffithii is the orange-red coloured flowerheads which appear mid spring to early summer. Even the young stems of the plant are pinky orange. As its name suggests, 'Fireglow' produces particularly deep fiery red flowerheads. The leaves turn res and yellow in autumn. The final height of the plant will depend on the moisture and nutrient levels in the soil. To remain compact, the plant must not dry out. It is therefore good grown around the margins of a pond where its roots can trap moisture at all times. It will then form dense mounds. Euphorbias have three different types of leaves. Stem leaves vary considerably in size and shape from species to species. Above these stem leaves is a cluster of leaves known as "whorl leaves". Out of these emerge the branched flowering head and the floral leaves which have the brightest colour. The actual flowers are very small and inconspicuous with no petals or sepals. It is the floral leaves, along with glands secreting nectar, that attract the pollinators. As the main colour of the plant comes from a leaf, not a petal, the colour is always long-lasting. The sap of euphorbias is poisonous, so contact with the skin should be avoided. It can cause blistering or rash reaction in some people. The wearing of gloves and long sleeves is therefore advisable when handling the plants. Similarly avoid contact with the eyes. Euphorbias have been given the common name "spurge" from the latin "expurgare". This is a reference to their historical medicinal use as a purgative. Euphorbias make up one of the most diverse and largest plant families in the world with over 2,000 species ranging from small annuals to evergreen shrubs and succulents. One of the best known is the Christmas pot plant, the poinsettia. The species which can best be grown in UK gardens are almost all from the cool temperate regions and the Mediterranean. This plant will send out underground shoots and can spread quite vigorously. Caution. Toxic if eaten / skin & eye irritant.


Latin Name Explanation:

From Euphorbus, a physician during the reign of the Mauretanian King Juba II in the first century BC. Euphorbus may have used the sap from native species of the plant in his medicines.


Preferred Aspect: Sun (partial shade)

Height: 1m

Spread: 1m

Form: Herbaceous

Hardiness: Fully Frost Hardy - withstand temperature down to -15C


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Plant in autumn or spring. If soil is thin or heavy plenty of well-rotted manure or compost should be incorporated before planting. Dig a hole larger than the plant's root ball and fill to the top with water. Allow to drain away and then position the plant so that its compost is level with the surrounding soil. Half back-fill the hole compacting the soil so that it is the same firmness as the compost around the roots. Refill the hole with water and again allow to drain away. Complete filling in the hole with soil.


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